Pr. 18:7: “A fools mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul.”
A fool, as defined in the Bible, is one who says there is no God. Such a statement and belief is exactly what leads to destruction. John 3:16 clearly tells us, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We must believe to be saved.
Words can also start fights, break hearts, and sever relationships, all of which are also very destructive. Words matter. There are also words that are socially acceptable, but not acceptable in God’s sight.
Yesterday I was unprepared when heard someone take the Lord’s name in vain in a curse that caused me to so shudder that I had to immediately remove myself. While I understand that as Americans we have the right to speak as we want, I also understand that weight and consequences that words carry.
Likewise, I understand that we have been taught a different way to speak than just what is lawful or accepted in our country. I am reminded of Ex. 20:7, “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.” There are still consequences to taking the Lord’s name in vain…even if everyone else does it.
In Mt. 12:36-37, Jesus teaches us, saying, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” It is clear that our words not only matter, but have an affect not only here in this life and when Jesus returns. In order to not set a snare for our soul, we must be careful how we are speaking.
Eph. 4:29 tells us, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to hearers.” Here we see that edifying words impart grace upon those who hear. That’s another effect of our words, but one that is much more positive.
Pr. 16:24 tells us how, “Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Isn’t that so true? Oh, and Pr. 25:11, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” Words matter. With all the adjectives, adverbs, nouns, and verbs in our vocabulary, there are countless words that are more interesting than curses, and vast expressives that could be used in substitute for the Lord’s name.
In Ps. 19:14, David reveals his hearts desire to, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.” Oh, that in speaking this would also be our goal. Regardless of our rights as citizens on this earth, we know the power of our words goes far beyond this broken world. Let us consider wisely what we speak.