Words of Life
“For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” - Matthew 12:34b
Words matter, don’t they?
Whether spoken in a classroom or on the playground, whether spoken in the meeting or around the water cooler, whether spoken in an auditorium in front of thousands or in the parking lot with just one person, whether posted in the newspaper, social media or just in a single card - words matter.
When you receive a kind word, it matters. It fills you with gratitude and encouragement. It lifts your spirits and puts a smile on your face. Kind words, even little ones, matter.
When you receive a hurtful word, it matters. It fills you with doubt, fear and anger. It cuts you down and leaves you with a dark blot on your heart and in your mind. Hurtful words, even little ones, matter.
I encounter my fair share of words this week. I’ve heard them on the news and in social media. I’ve heard them, overheard them, and heard about them from someone else. Some of these words have been kind…
But more often than not, my heart and mind have been drawn to the angry, ugly, hurtful words that have been written and spoken.
As a follower of Jesus, it breaks my heart to read and hear these words.
We must aspire to ourselves and require of others, better speech.
We cannot accept the kinds of words that demean and dehumanize, belittle and bear false witness.
Jesus said that our words are simply a reflection of what’s going on in our hearts. So, we must continually give our hearts over to Jesus, so that we would be speaking his words of life, instead of words of death.
Paul wrote to the Colossians, (3:15-17) “Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with Gratitude in your hearts. And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
Even if all around us, people continue to speak words of hatred and bitterness, let us be known as a community that speaks words of love and kindness. Even if our elected officials, social media influencers, coworkers, neighbors or facebook friends keep hurling insults and hate speech - let’s be different! But let us also take a stand, whenever and wherever we are, that words matter, and we will not stand by silently, as words become weapons to maim and destroy.
Speak words of love and life, and accept anything less for those around you.
Welcoming people to Grow in Jesus,