I haven’t written anything on here in a long time. I have written a few things and chosen to not post them, but I may go back and do so if I find them to be of substance. Sometimes I write things to process for myself but not to share, but I really feel convicted concerning our words recently and want to share it.
Our words. The things we say. We have a great power to influence others with our words, either for good or for bad. We can choose to influence others into sin or into a deeper personal relationship with Jesus. Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those that love it will eat its fruit" (NKJV). That really hits home for me. In our tongue’s power is death and life. When we speak we can speak death, by demeaning and cutting down others, or life, by encouraging and edifying others. Our words are powerful. Sticks and stones may break your bones, but your words will strongly influence people, either towards death or life.
Whats more, we see Jesus say in Matthew 12:33-37 NKJV to the Pharisees:
33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heartbrings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Jesus says a tree is judged by its fruit, if it puts forth good fruit it is a good tree and vice versa. For me the sentence, “for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” is powerful. Our demeaning jokes in passing flow out of our heart. We’re speaking death. Many people may say, “oh just kidding,” but honestly, you’re not kidding. That is the real outflow of our heart. The words you say in passing speak volumes about who you are and what lies deep in your heart. We must not hide bad fruit as a joke, we need to speak life and not death, encourage and not demean. What do your words say about you and who you are?
We need to set our hearts before God and allow Him to make us good trees that bear good fruit, and that will come out in our conversations with others, in our idle words. Whats more, Jesus tells us we will be judged by our words. We will stand before Jesus and have our words recounted to us. Would you be ashamed on that day before Jesus of the words you have used to hurt others, to demean others? We need to repent and turn from our mess and let Jesus heal our hearts, because before Jesus our words will either condemn or justify us. We have limited time, we need to set our hearts to build up and encourage others around us, and be amazed at the fruit we will bear ourself and the fruit that others will bear when we encourage them!
Jesus, forgive me for speaking words that hurt others, idle words in passing that have wounded brothers and sisters. Heal their hearts, and heal mine. I want to be a good tree being found to bear good fruit; turn my heart that out of my mouth would come life and not death. Holy Spirit, show me the places in my heart that are displeasing to you,anything that causes me to speak death, so that I have cut it out with Your help. I want to be one that encourages those around me, out of the overflow of my heart. Amen.