Words are important. We use somewhere between 10000-25000 each day. All kinds of words too. Words of encouragement, love, appreciation, thanks, honour, fun stuff, decision making, alongside plenty of general nonsense and whether we like to admit it or not there’s possibly a whole bunch of unkind, harsh, bitter, angry and downright rude words too.
They can be our salvation. They can be our damnation.
Jesus said that there are two key things that impact words we speak…our minds and our heart.
Too often our minds are like snake pits. Full of venom, full of nastiness, full of foul and mindless comments. Such can only produce rubbish.
In addition, our hearts demonstrate to others what’s really going on inside of us. When we are pushed or provoked how we respond reveals out heart and what it’s full of.
As we walk with God, let us consider the words we use. Even those throw-away comments. Are they life giving? Are they encouraging? Are they positive? Are they honouring to the God we serve?
You have minds like a snake pit! How do you suppose what you say is worth anything when you are so foul-minded? It’s your heart, not the dictionary, that gives meaning to your words. A good person produces good deeds and words season after season. An evil person is a blight on the orchard. Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation. [Matthew 12:34-37]