What power do words play in your life? Have you ever stopped to think about how the words that a close friend shares can affect you differently than the same words from an acquaintance or even a spouse? Why do the same words mean different things from different people? In Proverbs 16:24, it says, "Kind words are like honey--sweet to the soul and healthy for the body." Our words can have the power of life and death. It may be hard for you to believe that the tongue can have such a great power over someone's life. There may be something that seemed so minute at the time it was said, but you hold on to it for years....because of what it meant to you. Maybe it is a comment that your grandma made about choices you were making at the time or it may have been something personal that a close friend shared. Words play such an important role in all of our lives, whether we realize the power they hold or not.
Words can affect our lives in many profound ways. The words that we use can reveal things about our character. The way we choose to use our words to build up others or tear them down can reveal so much about the state of our heart. When you are broken inside, it is becomes harder to build others up. God wants all of us to be healed and whole. He wants to mend the broken places in our lives. Allowing God to heal what is broken will definitely change the state of your heart. God has a special purpose for each of us and it is something that He has picked especially for each one of us. In Ecclesiastes 5:2, it says, "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty with your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few."
Let My Words Be Few by Phillips, Craig & Dean
Words mean different things to different people. To one person words may be what they cling to for reassurance and love, but to another they are just what we use to get across our point of view. For me words are the one thing that I cling to. Through trial and error, I am learning when to speak and when not to speak. I am learning that my words carry way more power, than I ever knew. Anyone that knows me, knows that I am not a women of few words.....I like to talk. In fact, I don't really know how to be quiet most of the time. But, over the last few weeks.....I hit a wall. I tried desperately to write, because it is the one thing that gives me great relief when I have emotions that are all over the place. I tried at least a handful of different times. In fact, this post was started on April 23rd(and was my 3rd attempt). What I didn't realize then, was that the lesson that I was supposed to learn....was to let my words be few. In order for me to listen and hear what God was trying to tell me, I needed to be still. That is not something that I do very well. Psalm 37:7a says, "Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act." It was definitely a struggle not to be able to express myself through my words, but I knew that there had to be a reason. With God, there is always a reason for everything.
Sometimes, we get so busy trying to fix things that we don't wait patiently for God to show us what path to take. The only way that we can find out what God's best for us is, we must seek him in all we do. Matthew 6:33 says, "Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need." This may not seem like a simple task, but putting God in front of our own desires for our life, will definitely result in blessings. Letting go of what we think our lives are supposed to look like and being obedient to what tasks God calls us to, will forever change the way we view our lives. If God is calling you to be obedient in some area of your life, I would listen no matter how difficult or painful it may be. I am finding that each time I walk through the fire that God uses to purify my heart, I am blessed even more! God loves you and wants to purify you and make you whole! Will you be obedient and allow God to change your heart?