Something that I’m looking forward to whenever we eventually move into a house of our own, I don’t have to smell the cigarette smoke coming from the other apartment, and I’m looking forward to not having random people knock on our apartment door, mistaking it for someone else’s. I know that can still happen, but I prefer to think that it will happen a whole lot less.
Sunday we continued our study in 1 Peter but I wanted to bring up something that had been talked about last week. Have you ever thought about the words you say? Are you unintentionally a joy robber? I know that there have been many times where I’ve said something that ended up hurting someone. I’m not good at thinking about how what I say will make people feel. They’re supposed to know that I didn’t mean it, right? Wrong.
Here are some verses about the tongue and the power that it has.
“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18
“Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.” James 1:26
“But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.” Matthew 12:36
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Colossians 4:6
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
The verse in Matthew 12:36 talks about how we will have to give an account for Every empty word we’ve spoken. It’s so easy now with social media to just throw out a thought without any real thought about it. Some day we’ll be asked, why did you say that. Didn’t you think that it might have caused someone to stumble? If you say that you go to church and that you’re a follower of Christ, then shouldn’t how you talk and act reflect that? Whenever people talk about you they shouldn’t be shocked by the fact that you actually go to church.
Because social media has become such a huge part of our lives, we forget how many people are we can influence. When we don’t consider our words before we speak we seriously harm our witness for Christ. I really need to memorize these verse and have them hanging by my door and at my desk.
Jesus didn’t say anything flippant, so why should I?