What A Man Says
People speak and say many things without giving any thought to the consequences of what they say. In the scripture for today, we see that it clearly tells us that we all stumble. It tells us that we stumble in a variety of ways, but what is interesting is how it highlights what we say. It goes on to explain that anyone who never makes a mistake in what they say is perfect. It could have talked about our actions, reactions, or emotions, but, instead, it tells us that if we are able to keep our words pure then we are perfect. In fact, it says that if we are able to keep our words pure, then we are able to keep our whole body in check!
Have you ever given much thought to the importance of the words that you say? We often read and hear sermons about taming the tongue, but how often do we truly examine the things that we say? The reality is that many people hear the truth of God’s Word, but then fail to actually apply it to their own lives. How can we do this when it comes to our words though? What can we actually do to start to guard the things that we say? The first and most important thing that we can and must do if we desire to change the way that we speak is to ask the Lord to help us. We must go to Him in prayer and ask His Holy Spirit to guide our words and show us the way to become more like Him in the things that we say. Next, we need to actively think about the things that we say and work to only say the things that the Lord would have us to say. Again, we can read the Word of the Lord and we can ask Him to help us, but if we do not actually obey when we hear Him, it will be of no benefit to us.
Maybe you are reading this today and you have been hurt by someone else’s words. Maybe you have been the one to say something that has hurt the other person. Many of us have been in both of these positions and know what it feels like to be hurt by someone and to hurt someone else. When we experience these actions, we must be ready to step forward and ask forgiveness for the things that we have said that have hurt other people. Likewise, we must be ready and willing to extend genuine forgiveness to those who have hurt us.
My prayer for you today is that the Holy Spirit will reveal to you the things that you say which are not of Him. I pray that He will show you truth and give you understanding so that you can begin to change and become more like Him. I also pray for the hearts of you that have been hurt by the words of others to be healed in Jesus' name through your forgiveness of the ones who have hurt you. I pray these things in Jesus' name. Amen!