There are many teachings on words and the importance of speaking the right things. You don’t have to look hard to find a sermon on the importance of words. Scripture itself places a heavy emphasis on how we are to tame our tongues (James 3:1-12) and be watchful over our mouth – the door of our lips, the exit point of all words (Psalm 141:3). However, are we daily making a conscious effort to ensure that the words coming out of our mouth are good, or pure, or life and if so how can we achieve this?
According to scripture, the words that come out of our mouth are as a result of the substance we feed our souls through sight and sound which then become our thoughts which then become our words. Jesus puts it this way in Mathew 12:34 “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” What is your heart full of? How can we make sure that our hearts are full of good things? Philippians 4:8 teaches us what we are to focus on as thoughts it reads, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” That means that the TV programs we watch, the books we read and the company we keep are very important for they could enter into our spirit man to inform our understanding and thereby have a hold on what comes out of our mouths as words. Proverbs 4:23 teaches, “Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.”
Concerning the importance of what we see or sight, Jesus teaches in Mathew 6:22, “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy, our whole body will be full of light. But if your eyes are unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!” In other wards if what we are looking at is good, our whole body will be full of goodness and the reverse. You say well... what if I am looking at both good and bad things or more good things than bad things? I believe, any compromise is compromise, and it’s the devil’s playground. As we know, neither hot nor cold is not an acceptable standard (Revelations 3:15) and "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." (Galatians 5:9). Therefore, we must guard our hearts by living with intentionality in taking heed what we see and what we hear so as to maintain the good that comes out of our mouth. Again, it is of no benefit to speak good words once in a while and then speak “bad words” most of the other time. You will never see a farmer plant seeds one day and then go back the next day to plant weeds. Get the weeds out of your life and keep them out so you can collect a bountiful harvest of goodness.
According to Proverbs 18:21, words have creative power, they can create death or life depending on what you choose to speak. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” And in Deuteronomy 30:19, “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live”. In conclusion, if what you are speaking is life – you will live!
Words are of such great importance that Jesus said in Mathew 12:37, “By your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned.” This makes me want to carefully consider every word that I speak and process it thoroughly in my mind before I can then allow it to come out of my mouth. And again, Jesus adds, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. – Mathew 12:36. Furthermore, every thought and every word spoken is heard by our father in heaven. Do we think that it's only when we humble ourselves to pray that all of heaven suddenly stops to listen? Psalm 139:4 reads “Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” Let us therefore take heed what we hear and what we say!
In a teaching that I once listened to that stayed with me, the preacher said, God called himself “I AM”, when referring to ourselves in conversation we usually start by saying “I am…” Let us make sure that what we are adding to the end of that sentence is always positive! Remember, even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding. - Proverbs 17:28.
Psst! – You’re seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), do not say anything you do not want Him to hear.