This week, we will focus on our words. Cause I’m a woman, and a sinner, and I struggle in this area. The manner in which I speak carries a lot of weight. I can destroy or buildup my husband or daughter in a single sentence. I can spread ugliness in my heart by opening my mouth to talk about someone else.
Did you ever sing “Sticks and Stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? I can remember saying that as a response to a hurtful word in elementary school.
What a lie.
Poisonous words stick, and the wound may never heal in some.
I was reading this verse the other day, and it honestly brought me to tears:
But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. (Matthew 5:22 ESV)
I have been the one to say “You fool”. Probably too many times to count. And if you are honest, you have too. I realized how serious my sin is, which is what brought my to tears. Jesus makes it pretty clear what he thinks of a haughty person with a quick word against someone else.
What this boils down to, for me, is not the issue of holding my tongue. It is so much deeper. What the truth, when you dig to the bottom, shows itself to be is really ungrace. It’s the fact that I don’t deem others worthy of the grace that Jesus Christ bestowed on me. I am unforgivable, yet forgiven. But others? No, I cannot see past the sin that matches mine.
Fyodor Dostoevsky said “To love a person means to see them as God intended them to be.”
This week, I want God to do a miracle in my heart and mind. I want to see others as wrecked, yes, but only as wrecked as I am. And beautiful. So incredibly beautiful, and in need of a savior as I am. When my heart is right, so will my words follow.
This week’s challenge: Be slow to speak, asking God to show you how HE sees them.
How are you going to speak life into people this week?