~~Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.~~
~Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know ye ought to answer every man. Colossians 4:6~
I was sitting here thinking about our speech. The Lord gave us two lips that can either edify and encourage one another, or it can tear down and destroy.
~Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and seeteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. James 3:5-6
~Death and life are in the poser of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. Proverbs 18:21
We can easily find words to destroy, but it seems at times we have a hard time finding words to lift up. We always seem to see the bad in a person and go to town on that, but have a hard time finding the good and lifting that up. I have to say, I am very guilty of that. I have to strive daily to find the good and compliment on that, in my husband, children, friends, and yes, even that random person. We tend to think that we are helping them with that "certain issue," when in reality, we are hurting them. I would rather someone punch me as hard as they could, than say something hurtful or degrading to me, because words live on, and bruises only last for a while. Have you ever thought of some hurtful words someone has said to you? I have. Now, have you stop to think of the hurtful words that you have said to someone? I have as well. Words are something that you can never take back.
We are so quick to make comments. The words that we say, are they uplifting? Are you always complaining to your husband or putting him down in areas? Are you telling your children that they are lazy, good for nothing, stupid, or telling them that they need to be more like their sibling? What about your friends? When they come to you about an issue do you give them encouraging words or degrade them as well?
~The heart of the wise teacheth his mouth, and addeth learning to his lips. Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. Proverbs 16:23-24
~Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
~A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. Proverbs 25:11
~Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile. Psalms 34:13
~For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. 1 Peter 3:10
~Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. Ephesians 4:29
Not only can we build or tear a person with our tongue, we are quick to spread rumors with it. Be careful of what you repeat. If you don't know if it is true or not, then keep your "tulips" zipped! One way to stop the spread gossip is whoever is spreading it, you tell them you don't want to hear it or say let's go ask them if this is true, or simply just walk away. Those are three quick ways of ending the spread of gossip. If you don't want rumors spread about you, then you better think before you go spreading something about someone else.
~A talebearer revealeth secrets: but he that is of a faithful spirit concealeth the matter. Proverbs 11:13
~He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: but he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction. Proverbs 13:3
~A fool utterth all his mind: but a wise man keepeth it in till afterwards. Proverbs 29:11
~The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things. Proverbs 15:28
Let your conversation, your speech, your words be uplifting, a sweet fragrance, not only to others, but also unto the Lord!