Words are powerful.
As I study God’s Word, I’m struck with the realization that each word on those pages has a specific purpose and meaning. God does not waste His breath, and these words, breathed out by God Himself, have the power to transform lives. Likewise, when God breathed life into man, He did not waste His breath. Every person has a purpose and a plan that was breathed into him by God Himself and we cannot waste it!
Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” We cannot just use any words we want. When we give our lives to Christ, there needs to be a change of character that happens. We cannot say one thing in Bible study or at church, and then leave the building cursing or talking badly about someone else with the same mouth we used to praise God only moments before. Man is made in the image of God. If we say we love God and yet curse our brothers, how can we say we love the Creator?
The goal for each of us is to use our tongue to speak more boldly for Christ. The way of this world is to use our speech and language freely, in whatever way we want. Usually that would be for the purpose of building ourselves up. But God has a different plan for us. Just because it’s the cultural norm to speak a certain way or use specific language, that does not mean it’s OK. We’re called to be set apart.
Don’t be discouraged if you seem to be the only one in your circle speaking or living your life God’s way. God’s Word says narrow is the gate that leads to life and few will find it (Matthew 7:14). Many will look at you differently when you choose God’s way. Knowing you have influence in others’ lives creates a natural accountability for you to live by.
Authenticity is important to me. I never want to say something that contradicts my actions, or vice versa. Your words and your actions have to line up in order for anyone to take you at your word. John 13:35 tells us that the world will know we are Christ’s disciples by the way we love.
What better way to show people Jesus in your life by the way you love them through your actions and words? How we speak to and treat others makes a difference, maybe for their eternity.
— Matt Forte, former NFL running back
Matt Forte is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Matt’s Increase profile here: http://theincrease.com/author/matt-forte/
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