My last post ended with me deciding to have a talk with my husband about our marriage. We did have that talk and everything has been good since then. We both apologized and listened to each other’s explanations; I’m glad we worked things out.
This morning, I was thinking about some sermons I had heard by Joyce Meyer on the words we use and how we speak. I realized how important words are; I realized I am not careful enough with my words. I am quick to speak and slow to hear – the exact opposite of, “Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” James 1:19
I’m like Nathaniel, who when he heard about Jesus said, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” (John 1:46) Negative, thoughtless words – that’s me.
But even though those were his first thoughts, Nathaniel did go see Jesus and after speaking with him said, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” John 1:49
When we talk with others, our words should be uplifting, positive and loving. Paul said, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6
Jesus said, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.”
So, I have some work to do about my mouth and what it speaks. I cannot change myself, because as Jesus said, “Without me, you can do nothing.” John 15:5 But I can give my heart and my mouth to Jesus and ask him to fill them with good things and to not speak so fast, but to listen and think first. This may take Jesus a long time to do in me since I’m a slow learner – but I know he is patient with me and with everyone.
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”