Be Careful Little Tongue How You Speak…

6 Feb

I wonder if you ever feel insignificant? Actually, I don’t wonder all that much. You probably do. If not, you are probably not the kind of person who would spend much time reading this anyway.

Most of us wish we could make a greater impact on others and feel like we just don’t have the ability to accomplish as much as we would like to. When we think and talk like that, not only are we overlooking the power of the Holy Spirit; we are also overlooking what the Bible has to say about the power of the speech.

If you can talk, you will have a tremendous impact on the lives of others around you, either for good or evil. To get a sense of the kind of impact the way you talk has, you might want to think about some of the illustrations of the damage the wrong kind of speech can do that are given throughout the book of Proverbs.

* The way you talk can ruin your life.
* The way you talk can destroy the lives of those close to you.
* The way you talk can actually bring down an entire city.
* The way you talk can ensnare you.
* The way you talk can work like a sword, cutting and slicing the people that matter to you.
* The way you talk can make God angry.
* The way you talk can stir up anger.
* The way you talk can make it difficult for people to understand the truth.
* The way you talk can break other people’s spirits.
* The way you talk can invite pain into your life.
* The way you talk can function like a pit that people fall into.
* The way you talk can rub off on others and get them into trouble as well.
* The way you talk can make life unbearably uncomfortable for others.
* The way you talk can produce anger in others.
* The way you talk can spread a net for your own feet.
* The way you talk can produce strife and quarrels that result in long-term, devastating consequences in your life
and the lives of the people around you.

I am convinced that one of the most dangerous kinds of people on the planet are the people who do not appreciate the powerful impact the way they talk has on the people around them. If you can talk, it is a gift from God. If you can talk, you are a person who will make a tremendous impact on this world. If you want proof, just think about the devastating impact of out of control, ungodly speech.

Or perhaps think about what godly speech can do.

* The way you talk can be like a fountain of life for the people around you.
* The way you talk can produce strength in the lives of many.
* The way you talk can help others understand how to live life in a way that honors God and is good for them.
* The way you talk can rescue others from devastating situations.
* The way you talk can deliver you from trouble.
* The way you talk can bring satisfaction into your life.
* The way you talk can make a long lasting permanent impact on the lives of the people around you.
* The way you talk can make others happy.
* The way you talk can save your life.
* The way you talk can save others lives.
* The way you talk can turn away wrath.
* The way you talk can make knowledge look beautiful to others.
* The way you talk can bring joy to those around you.
* The way you talk can bring delight to those in authority over you.
* The way you talk can turn others from believing error to accepting truth.
* The way you talk can can heal deep wounds.
* The way you talk can gain you a good reputation.
* The way you talk can make God’s truth look beautiful.
* The way you talk can refresh weary souls.
* The way you talk can change people.

What is more, we know from the New Testament that the way we talk can produce spiritual growth and preserve unity and build up the church and communicate God’s grace to those who need it.

Are you still wishing you could make more of an impact?

As people who have been given such a great weapon and tool, let’s pray that instead of sitting around and wishing we could do more for Christ, we through His grace learn to take full advantage of the amazing opportunity He has given us in our speech to serve people and further His great cause.

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