Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”
It’s worth reminding ourselves over and again: What we say can bring life or can bring death.
If we desire for our world to be better, it’s up to each and every one of us to speak and share words that are loving, kind, right and true.
If we don’t control our tongues and use them for criticism, insults, hatred and discord . . . we should expect to get more and more of the same.
If we desire a harmonious, gentle world for our children and our grandchildren, it has to start with us.
We have to seek the truth in all matters as if our lives depend on it, because they do.
We have to put an end to false information guiding our actions and beliefs.
The words and images we allow to fill our minds also, can bring vitality or destruction.
This has never been more true than at this unprecedented time in history when lies and disinformation are shared around the world at breakneck speed.
Do you want a life of peace? Seek first His Kingdom.
Do you want a life of love? Live by the Spirit and honor the Lord in all you do.
Do you want legitimacy and goodness to prevail?
Be kind, yet firm, when others try to guide you in the wrong direction. Have the courage to speak out, in love, when you know in your heart that someone (or something) is spreading distortion, dishonesty and deception.
Be intentional about loving, respecting and honoring all people. Each person is made in His image, and He doesn’t show favoritism.
Steer clear from activities, groups or individuals that try to pull you down dark paths, away from the light.
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior.” (Ephesian 4:31) And “If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.” (Romans 12:18)
Every word that we let out of our mouths (or we write on a page or type on a screen) has the power to build up or tear down, the power to reflect His beauty or to grieve His heart.
Use them selectively, moderately and judiciously.
Galatians 6 : 7 – 9 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time, we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.