Too often we forget, but we walk around with a loaded gun every day. It’s tucked just inside our lips between our jaws.
James teaches us in his third chapter that our lives are impacted in immense ways by our tongues.
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.”
As depressing as that verse is, hope is at our disposal! Look at this proverb that Solomon penned.
“A person’s words can be life-giving water; words of true wisdom are as refreshing as a bubbling brook.” Proverbs 18:4
“Life-giving water,” “as refreshing as a bubbling brook” – so help me, Jesus! I want my words to bring refreshment.
When I read this verse yesterday, everything slowed down inside me. I found myself breathing deeply. All the yes-es to refreshing words!! Who doesn’t love receiving encouragement or affirmation that gives courage and energy to keep going?
Life-giving, refreshing words.
I remember a number of years ago soon after I had made a big, scary, audacious change that made me feel as vulnerable as a very vulnerable thing, a dear lady came up to me and said, “Sherri, you do that so well. You’re a natural!” And then she gave me examples of what I had done to nail the thing. Life-giving? Yeah, kinda. Refreshing? Uh-huh.
Our words are one of the most powerful things that we use on the regular. We forget we make an impact every time we open our mouths. Our tongues are like a loaded gun that we are walking around with. We should handle them with care.
When we open our mouths today, let’s remember to let only words that bring life escape.