“I was just saying!” It’s a fairly common expression we hear as people make excuses for what comes out of their mouth, but words really do matter. Some more than others. Let’s take a closer look.
Note from Kip…
Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21 (HCSB)
What our culture tends to cast off as trivial is more powerful and consequential that we might think.
I Believe In Freedom
Politicians are constantly telling us what we want to hear and then going about their business doing what they will. In their squabbles between each other we often hear them say things that are unjustified, hurtful, and clearly outrageous.
News media the same thing.
I’m very conservative by nature but a dyed in the wool Libertarian. That tends to surprise some people when I tell them that, but just as with Democrats and Republicans, Libertarians have their grossly extreme segments. Just happens that the one best known from the Libertarian perspective is the dope smoking pacifist. Both politics and the media have become outrageous in their speech.
The core of my political stance is that in accordance with the constitution of the United States Of America, we are to be a free people. Our freedom was bought with a price and there is a price to maintaining that freedom, it’s called responsibility.
The more government is involved in the lives of individuals the less freedom there is. A true Libertarian puts stock in the constitution and takes the position that we as people are responsible for our own actions. When someone understands that their welfare is their concern then choices matter. If we make poor choices, then the consequences fall upon us to mediate the circumstances.
The only place that government should be allowed to infringe of our freedoms is when our freedom conflicts with the freedom of others. In other words, where me exercising my freedom, inhibits you exercising yours. There must be an arbitration there. Then the second area for government to be in the forefront is our defense as a nation, and our interactions with other governments.
So as a result of both my faith in Jesus Christ and my stance politically, I believe in personal responsibility. While I led out picking on politicians and media up front, our freedom of speech is infringing on each others rights day in and day out in this devolved state we are in. I’m not just talking bout the USA. I’m talking about the world.
Our words really do matter. Regardless of if you buy into my political stance or not you should understand that what we say has a massive impact on those around us. What we say has a massive impact on who we represent. What we say has consequences, regardless of if we are willing to accept them or not.
For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit, and he must turn away from evil and do what is good.
He must seek peace and pursue it, because the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are open to their request.
But the face of the Lord is against those who do what is evil.
1 Peter 3:10-12 (HCSB)
Our tongue controls just how the Lord views us. A tongue filled with evil and deceit is considered evil by the Lord and counter to that which is good. So much so, that the Lord is against those individuals. Talk about consequences!
Your speech should always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you should answer each person.
Colossians 4:6 (HCSB)
God has a standard for our speech. Gracious yes, but also ‘seasoned with salt’, reflecting back to the words of Christ that we are the ‘salt of the earth’. Clearly what is being expressed here is that our speech should provide a gracious representation of who we are in Christ Jesus. I read this and consider if I were being charged with being a Christian, would my speech be evidence enough to convict me? It really should be.
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to You, Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (HCSB)
The tongue tends to release what is in the heart of a person. As a result this should be the prayer of every Disciple of Jesus. May the words I speak and the things I hold in my heart be fully acceptable to you Lord!
I think my point was made regarding our words. The next set of words I want to talk about is the Word of God.
If we want to live out Psalms 19:14, it takes supplying our hearts and minds with the Living Word, The Word of God.
I relish the Word of God. I’m thankful that it provides so much joy, guidance, revelation, and love. There is not another book that can even begin to compare to the the Bible.
How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners or join a group of mockers!
Instead, his delight is in the Lord’s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night. He is like a tree planted beside streams of water that bears its fruit in season, and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
Psalms 1:1-3 (HCSB)
The Word of God is the single most essential guide for all things in life and and in truth. Not that other books are of no consequence, as there are many good books in existence. But there is only one Good Book, and this is the Word of God,
All Scripture is inspired by God, and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 (HCSB)
The Final Word
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning. All things were created through Him, and apart from Him not one thing was created that has been created.
Life was in Him, and that life was the light of men. That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.
John 1:1-5 (HCSB)
The Word that gives life, Jesus Christ. John frames Jesus as The Word and while we see His words expressed in the Word of God, this word is a person. The person of Jesus Christ, God in the form of man, The Son of God Almighty, the Lamb.
So very many words are used to describe Him. But it seems each one is like honey on the tongue and nectar to the soul.
Jesus said to the woman at the well that he was the living water and when we drink of this water a spring of life erupts within us. Later at the same location He relates that He’s also the bread of Life and when we take nourishment from Him we never grow hungry.
Do Words Matter?
Sure they do! Others words, our words, the Word of God, and The Word, Jesus. Each matter in different ways but the important thing to consider is how much The Word, Jesus means to us. Because, if that word is treasured in our hearts, then the other words will fall into place as they should
So what do you say? Do words matter?