At the end of our lives what if it wasn’t just what we did that mattered but what we said.
In today’s world we talk a lot. Whether it’s through our fingers and a device or through the words that come out of our vocal chords. Those things we say under our breath when we are frustrated. The sarcasm we spew at that one person that seems to be the butt of everyone’s joke. The things we say about ourselves when we fail.
They seem to be an abundance when things are negative but lost when something more captures us.
I’ve found myself on this journey with people lately. This journey where things are said about us, brought up to us, said around us and it ultimately bothers us.
“For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. “(Matthew 12:34 ESV)
It’s becoming more prevalent to see people speak whatever it is that’s on their mind. We try to harness and tell people that they shouldn’t say certain things. We have to label words as bad. profane. obscene. mean. gossip. But the issue isn’t words. The issue is found much deeper than what is said; it’s found in the core of who we are. Deep down its more than a mouth issue but it’s a heart issue.
I was sitting in church the other week and my pastor was speaking on the fear of God. I promise this is totally relevant just bare with me. As he spoke on what it ultimately means to fear God he brought up a point that pretty much changed my perception of who I am as a child of God.
“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate”. (Psalm 127:3-5 ESV)
In the biblical times the gates were places where people met kind of like a courtroom today. If a man was facing accusations you would not find him defending himself, but you would find his children. Children were the weapons. The words they spoke directed where they would hit. Their fathers reputation. Or their father’s enemies.
“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” (Proverbs 18:21 MSG)
One of our team members Carlos Johnson always says, “the world doesn’t read the bible; they read Christians.” We as God’s children are arrows. His quiver is full of them. And the world knows it. The question is with the words we speak because of the things in our hearts, are we allowing the bow to launch us towards the enemies of our God or towards the heart of our God?
Jesus takes what comes out of our mouths seriously because the words we speak create worlds for people. We have the opportunity multiple times throughout the day to make someone’s day better or worse by the things we say because words matter. More than that we have an opportunity to either honor God or bring pain to His heart. The things we say about His children don’t just hurt the children but they hurt the Father.
Now we have all been there. Things said about us that has launched an arrow straight through our hearts. But there’s hope. When you make God your refuge and the arrows are flying, He leaves a promise that will not be moved.
“You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day,” (Psalm 91:5 ESV)
You don’t have to fear those accusations. The false adversaries that say things about you. You don’t have to fear them. Instead run. Run to God and allow Him to be your refuge so that you will not grow bitter but instead you will learn to use your words to bring glory and honor to your Father.
The words you use to encourage yourself when you mess up matter. The words you use to bring someone else up matter. The words you say through your fingers and that device matter. The words you use when you’re frustrated matter. Because words matter.