Psalm 12:32 “Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
Living by faith means having a reasonable knowledge of God’s vocabulary. A Christian looks for a good word from God to edify his heart and share with another. Proverbs 15:4 says “A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. The lips of the wise disperse knowledge.” God takes ownership of his words WHEN WE READ “For the Lord hath spoken it”) so we who speak in his stead must do likewise.
“Thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor” speaks to the condition of the heart. As we carefully guard our hearts against tainted words, let us endeavor to bridle our tongues also. The scripture reminds us to guard our hearts with diligence because out of it flows the issues of life. Oh! How important it is to carefully choose what we allow to enter our hearts. Matthew 12:36-37 tells readers that everyone will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every empty word spoken because by words we will be acquitted or condemned.
It is human to react to someone by the words we hear: likewise, we are judged by our choices of words. Right or wrong, people judge others by the words used. Assumptions are made about intelligence, education, and capabilities by listening to word choices. With good reason at times, since career advantages, salary, and even social success could be directly linked to a person’s command of vocabulary. Since people will judge us by our words, let us turn our words into God’s words.
One pure reason for choosing a kind vocabulary is knowing that “By our words, we will be justified, or by them, we will be condemned.” A victim of word assassination will cause one to be conscientious of word choices, however making the choice without a horrendous experience is better. Psalm 34:13 says keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile (deceit). Unkind words are obstacles that prevent our hearts from being glad.
Ps. 45:1 says, “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak as unto God. My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer.” The power of the tongue to support healthy hearts is amazing. Proverb 15:4 says a wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit. There is wonder-working power in the tongue. A gentle tongue with its healing power is a tree of life, but a willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit.
Some can express ideas eloquently, while another may hesitate because of his audience. The hesitation could cause them to appear less than fully competent or qualified, even when they absolutely know what they are talking about. Now if you want to be sure you are understood, SPEAK GOD’S WORDS. MAKE THEM YOUR OWN. HE TAKES OWNERSHIP, and so can you. Isaiah 55:11 – It shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. God created the fruit of our lips and he will make our lips blossom a new with the speech in thankful praise.
Always remember, we walk by Faith, and not by sight! AMEN!