Every day, we talk, speak and open our mouths – but we forget how much power we have in those actions. We can build someone up, proclaiming goodness over them, or tear someone down with as little as one word.
Proverbs 18:21 says, "The tongue can bring death or life." This is something I have recently discovered in my life to be a bit of a problem. I have gone around talking as if my words didn't carry the ability to impact someone positively or negatively. The things I say to or about someone bear fruit of either life or death. We forget that as Christ-followers, we are set apart. We have the responsibility and privilege to use our voices for good and allow God's sacred words to travel through us.
We also have the honour of showing love through our words. As said in John 13:35, "People will know you are my disciples by how you love." We are currently living in a world where we can no longer show someone love through physical touches, like giving a hug to your long-time friend. So now, more than ever, our demonstration of love must come from the words that come out of our mouths. We have to be bold. Simply thinking a nice thought isn't enough anymore. This is the time to tell someone that they are plenty worthy of being loved; it's the time to stand up for our fellow brothers and sisters.
I urge you to think back to a time where you spoke poorly of or to someone. How can you be more loving going forward? How are you showing love to those in front of you - neighbours, co-workers, people walking down the street, your brothers and sisters in Christ, etc.?
Summer student in our Children's Ministries, student at Alberta Bible College. Known as "pension" at Camp Chamisall