Destruction or Comfort

Last week I got the priviledge to attend a virtual women’s conference called JustOne.  If you are a pastor’s wife or a woman in ministry, I highly recommend attending.  There are 3 more weeks to attend.  So if you are interested, you can get more information by clicking http://leadingandlovingit.com/leadership/the-justone-conference/

I wanted to share a thought that has been stirring my soul for the past few days from Jenni Catron, one of the speakers.  She said “Our words can be a spark of destruction or a spark of comfort.

I know this may not seem very life changing however, I have never really thought about my words in those two contrasting views- DESTRUCTION or COMFORT. 

The Bible has tons to say about how our words can cause destruction.  Here are a few of the verses Jenni shared:

    Proverbs 12:18a “The words of the reckless pierce like swords”

    Proverbs 15:4b “but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit.”

    Ephesians 4:29a “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths”

    James 3:6 “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. “

So if left unchecked our words can do the same destruction as a house fire.  Burning our life and the lives of those we love, straight to the ground.  I am guilty of using my words carelessly.  The old saying “Think before you speak” is so true.  Because when you speak without giving any thought to your words, you are allowing destruction to come. 

 However several of these verses have a second part that contrasts- telling us to use our words to give comfort and healing.

Proverbs 12:18b “but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Proverbs 15:4a “The soothing tongue is a tree of life”

Ephesians 4:29b “but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”

So in stark constrast, we have the ability to use our words to bring warmth into the lives of others, like a fireplace can do on a cold winter day.  However to do this, we must be intentional about the words we choose to use- to our spouse, to our children, to our friends, to our co-workers.  Even those we place on the internet via facebook, twitter or blogging have that very same power.  Using our words to bring healing and life, to build others up and benefit them is the way Christ would have us speak. 

Listen to Christ’s own words found in Luke 6:45, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”

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