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“You can do this!”
“I believe in you.”
“You’re the most wretched person I’ve ever met!”
“What are you thinking? You can’t do that!”
“We can get through this together.”
“I’m here for you.”
Words have a lot of power, don’t they? Power to heal, power to encourage, and power to destroy.
It’s sobering to think about the number of people we come in contact with — family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, people from church, kids’ sports teams, school, even those we don’t know but interact with as we shop, bank, or get our teeth cleaned.
Whether you enjoy chatting with everyone you meet or tend to be more reserved, you will inevitably interact with people every day to some degree. And the words that you choose have the potential for a huge impact, whether positively or negatively.
Isn’t that so true? You can probably think of a time (unfortunately, we probably all can) when someone was deceitful with you. Crushing would be a very appropriate description.
But the first part says that our tongues have the power to bring healing, too. Oh how I want my words to be those that bring healing!
It’s not always easy, though, is it? James talks about how hard it is to control our tongues. We can turn horses and ships with small bits and rudders, and this small tongue in our mouths tends to turn us, too. Just like a match, it can start a whole forest fire. But keeping it under control is something we all struggle with.
Proverbs 21:23 says, “The one who guards his mouth and his tongue keeps his life from troubles.”
It’s pretty easy to see the truth in that one! How many times our words get us into trouble…
Songs have a way of wedging themselves in my mind, and I hope that this particular song will be a reminder when we need it most, that our words would be encouraging and healing, and ultimately that they will point those around us to the Lord.
Is there a song or verse that reminds you to guard your words?