How do you speak to people? I was with a friend this past week and we were joking with each other. But the problem was that I didn’t know when to stop. In retaliation they said somethings which really hurt. Simple words but powerful enough for me to cancel spending the afternoon with other friends later that day. I swear I tried to stop thinking about what was said but I just couldn’t get them out. My afternoon was spent just thinking. I was struggling on the inside with the negative words that were spoken. If I had been careful in how I spoke I would not have to deal with negative words that were spoken. They would not have been spoken. My friend must of being struggling with the same problem. That experience just showed me how powerful our words are.
Your words have power. You can either build someone up or tear them down. What are you speaking?
Look at what Ephesians 4:29 says:
Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.
That is a high call for all of us. We need to examine how we speak to others. People should be better off after we have spoken to them. People should look forward to spending time with us. Speaking life doesn’t come naturally. You need to make a decision to be someone who speaks life. Even when you joking.
I just wanted to challenge you in how you should speak. Think about the scripture I wrote. You are the only one who knows what needs work in your life. So make the relevant changes to establish a new habit. You can do it.