They drop from our mouth so quickly.
We rarely stop to think.
They just flow out of us like a river, a stream of sounds, a flicker in the atmosphere.
And then just as quickly they vanish as if we never said them.
I once read an illustration that impacted me like an asteroid. I was 12 or so then, and I remember it to this day. There was a native warrior who was hurting many people with his words. A wise old brave took him away into the forest with his bow, and told the young warrior to shoot an arrow into a certain tree. The young man did so proudly. The old brave then said to remove the arrow. When that was accomplished, he looked at the young warrior and told him, “now remove the hole.”
The point is that words can be taken back, but that does nothing for the damage they cause.
Words are like weapons…and yet although parents and teachers make sure children are taught to handle things like knives and pepper spray carefully, but they often neglect to emphasize the need to use words carefully, something that is used far more often.
Jesus spoke of the significance of words. Consider what Jesus tells us in Matthew 15:11.
Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.
Think about that for a minute. We know today how important it is that we wash our hands and that we eat healthy and don’t put germs and junk into our bodies. And yet Jesus says that what we say is more important than what we’re eating or if we wash our hands.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
Sounds like the things we say are pretty important.
James makes a very powerful statement about words. One can sense urgency and passion in what he writes. He clearly believed this very strongly.
we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us;
and we turn about their whole body.
4. Behold also the ships, which though they be so great, and are driven of fierce winds,
yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth.
5. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things.
Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6. And the tongue is a fire,
a world of iniquity:
so is the tongue among our members,
that it defileth the whole body,
and setteth on fire the course of nature;
and it is set on fire of hell.
7. For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8. But the tongue can no man tame;
it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
We just think SO LITTLE about what comes out of our mouths. We are so full of words and they just spill out of us so fast, as soon as they come to mind. Our tongues are the hardest thing to control, and yet the most important.
A few other verses about words:
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness.
1 Peter 3:10
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:
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Just search the word “tongue” or “mouth” in the Bible and you’ll see the overwhelming amount of emphasis that God puts on our words!
I know there are things we cannot comprehend about frequencies. Remember it was by the spoken WORD of God that He created all things. That says a lot right there. If we are words, then we should be careful with our words.
It really makes me stop and evaluate whether the quality of my speech is what it should be.