Words Can Hurt

Posted: September 1, 2015 in Articles, Religion
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Matthew 12:36-37 ESV: “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 18:21 ESV: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”

Ephesians 4:29 ESV: “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

Matthew 15:18 ESV: “But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Proverbs 12:18 ESV:There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 16:24 ESV: “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”

Colossians 3:8 ESV: “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.”

Careless words in the mouth of a “believer” have the potential to create an atmosphere of delusion in the believer’s Spirit that can give a modicum of control to demonic spirits (God impressed this upon me early one morning as I lay in bed over this past weekend).

Until we as “believer’s” learn to hold the “pink tornado” called the tongue (as my sister Deitra Barrett​ calls it) captive to Christ we are always at risk at allowing demonic forces to rule over parts of or totally over our lives.

I wrote a piece a short while ago about people, sadly many of them “believer’s” using the phrase THOTS (that ho over there) to describe someone (usually a woman…go figure) whom they are angry with for whatever reason (normally a personal dispute…among women, usually behind or over some dude).

I bring this up again to point out that we as believer’s should NOT be referring to people in ways such as this since the Bible admonishes us (in the scriptures above and the actual “sowing and reaping” scripture below from Galatians) not to and when we do we must realize that not only are we being disobedience to God but we are also planting seeds of destruction that will germinate and be sown into our own lives according to the reaping and sowing principle if we do not repent from this course of action and ask God for forgiveness for those careless words.

Galatians 6: 7-10: MSG:  7-8″ Don’t be misled: No one makes a fool of God. What a person plants, he will harvest. The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he’ll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God’s Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.

9-10 So let’s not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don’t give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.”

We have a choice, we can either allow ourselves to be ruled by our emotions/feelings as the world does and walk in disobedience to God and act like He hasn’t spoken on this type of disparaging language or we can swallow our pride and pray for them instead of raining down curses upon someone whom God has apparently placed before you to pray for and/or has placed before you to grow you into further obedience to His will/word.

I’ve grown some in this area yet I still have much growing to do in it as I sometimes allow my anger (even justifying it as “righteous anger) to get the best of me and sputter useless and unhelpful words to and about other people but praise God that I have prayed that the Holy Spirit correct me and grow me as I mature more fully into Christ Jesus and I pray that we all do the same as it can only benefit us and all of mankind (especially those who are watching “us Christians” to see if we are “walking the walk” or just “talking the talk”).

So today dear brothers and sisters let us as a family resolve to heed God’s word and stop allowing our sinful thoughts and careless words to pour out of our mouths via the “pink tornado” known as the tongue with intent to harm others.

In doing this we will no longer be a willing accomplice to the devil’s scheme to “kill, steal, and destroy” and when we accompany that with praying for people (both friend AND foe) we will in turn become a more effective tool that the Lord Jesus can use to save souls, change lives, and help in the continual building of God’s Kingdom.

Ron “Big Black” Garrett

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