Words are important. They enable us to create, express, and inspire on an entirely new level! Language is one of God’s many incredible gifts to man. He even gave us mouths so that we’d be able to say words.
There is a divine purpose for our words and our ability to speak.
Our speech is designed to bring glory to the Lord and to call up others and encourage them to love Jesus more. We sing words, write words, think words, speak words– they play such an important part in our daily lives! Words are one of the ways we are able to glorify God in all we do.
“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”~ Colossians 3:17
Yet, so often, I abuse this precious gift. It’s so easy to take our words and use them without thinking. To twist them and use our words to slander and hurt. Many times, I don’t even realize what I’m doing!
Gossip creeps up on us so easily.
You find it in churches, schools, slumber parties, and even at home amongst your family. How many of us have unnecessarily talked about someone behind their back? Or “vented” to a friend and end up painting another person in a bad light? Or, and this one’s a doozy, given a bit too much info about someone via prayer request (“Pray for Lulu, she’s totally falling away from Christ– her mom says that she’s skipping school and got a tattoo and drinks Diet soda….)?
I’m not saying that we shouldn’t give prayer requests or share our hearts with friends– but that we truly need to watch what we say. We are called to love and honor the Lord in ALL of our actions and words. We are also called to love our brothers and sisters in Christ and encourage them to love Jesus more–not cause them to stumble. We need to constantly be asking Holy Spirit to give us discernment on what to say and how to handle our words in situations.
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver”~ Proverbs 25:11
And–one more aspect to this– not only should we avoid using our lips to gossip, but we also need to use our speech to speak up (in love) when others begin to slander and call them up to righteousness.
A wise rabbi once said, “Gossiping is a horrible sin. But, in my opinion, listening to gossip is even worse– because you had the ability to stop another from continuing in sin, and didn’t.”
How have you been stewarding your words?