“A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything—or destroy it!” James 3:3
Words: Powerful enough to change lives, make people fall in love, cause heart-breaking hurt, cause life-changing healing, and so much more. Isn’t it incredible the weight words have?
I’ll always remember the words that have changed my life. Some good, some hurtful, some crucial in my development and growth… We all have memories of turning points when someone spoke a word over us and it changed the very course of how we see ourselves, and even how we see God.
“By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke and go up in smoke with it, smoke right from the pit of hell.” James 3
My question to you is this: What kind of powers are your words having on those around you? Is the fruit of the spirit flowing through the words you use, or are they “turning harmony into chaos”? What kinds of power are your words having over yourself?
Words are all around us. It’s far too easy to wash ourselves in the words of our daily social media feeds than in the words of our saviour Jesus.
“Real wisdom, God’s wisdom, begins with a holy life and is characterized by getting along with others. It is gentle and reasonable, overflowing with mercy and blessings, not hot one day and cold the next, not two-faced.” James 17-18
This phrase “getting along with others” is a beautiful concept that means “easy to correct” or “ready to be convinced” or “willing to yield to others.” Is this true of your life? Is this true in the words you use?
When we’re not careful of the words we allow in to our hearts, it’s easy to wish that we had “better lives”, isn’t it? In a picture-perfect Pinterest culture, it’s too easy to think: I wish I was healthier, I wish I had more friends, I wish my life was better than it is, and I don’t know how to get there.
The world replies to our cries and questions with: “Look out for yourself! Boast about your accomplishments to make up for your insecurities. It’s all about you, so fight for your image.”
Friends, this is not the way of Jesus.
The answers we seek are found in Godly Wisdom – James explains that God’s wisdom, and opening our hearts to the words of Jesus, will lead us to a life like we’ve never experienced before. One of peace, rich community, and even honor.
You can develop a healthy, robust community that lives right with God and enjoy its results only if you do the hard work of getting along with each other, treating each other with dignity and honor.” James 17-18
My encouragement to you all today is this: If you find yourself seeking for a better life and for words to answer your heart’s cries, throw yourself into the loving words of Jesus.
Let His words wash over you like a shower, filling each crevice of insecurity, pain, and emptiness, and from the fullness of your overflowing heart, run down the path of Godly wisdom. In that Godly wisdom, you will find peace and joy like never before, and in that peace, you will find the life that you’ve always wanted
Let’s rise up together, women of God, as an army of those refusing to cling on to the words of the world and fighting fiercely for the words of Jesus and a life of Godly wisdom. Let’s let our mouths be a source of life, and our lives be an image of the power of a loving God.
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