Day 17: The Connection Between Mouth & Heart
There used to be an expression: “Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” How many of you have heard that before? Probably most of us! As cute as it may sound it is far from the truth … words can hurt and words can heal! Words matter! The lack of the right words can hurt us as much as hearing the wrong words spoken into our lives!
Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue can bring death or life …”
I guess it really comes down to how you use your words! Did you know that the average person spends 1/5 of his or her life talking? At least that’s what statisticians tell us. If all of our words were put into print, the result would be this: a single day’s words would fill a 50-page book, while in a year’s time the average person’s words would fill 132 books of 200 pages each!
Where do our words come from? He tells us, Matthew 12:34: “Words flow out of what fills the heart.” Whatever’s in my heart is going to spill out in my words. It’s inevitable. You can try to keep it bottled up but it eventually spills out in some little phrase, some little way you say something it just comes out. What’s in my heart spills out in my words. But that’s not all.
There’s another truth Jesus teaches us. He says “Your souls aren’t harmed by what you eat, but by what you think and say!” So not only does my heart spill out in my words but my words spill back into my heart, into my soul.
A lot of times we get this reciprocal thing going on … here’s an example … you may get angry about something someone did to you, so you talk about it – A LOT. It doesn’t make you feel better, it just makes you feel bitter. You are more angry than before!!!
Words reveal what’s in our heart and they can return to poison us even more!
That is why we must truly learn to love with our words – they are powerful!!!
Ask yourself two questions:
· What kind of words have been spoken to me? There have probably been a lot of words that people have said to you that have affected you in BIG time ways … maybe even over the last week someone has spoken harsh, hurtful and damaging words … listen to what God thinks about you … Ephesians 2:10: “You are my masterpiece created to do good things.” You are God’s one-of-a-kind piece of artwork!
· What kind of words do you speak? There are probably some of us who speak prior to engaging our mind in the conversation. We may be prone to speak rough, hurting words to those around us … we realize the damage, but we are having a hard time changing.
Proverbs 12:18: “Thoughtless words can wound as deeply as any sword, but wisely spoken words can heal.”