Very often, I used to easily trade off the words, “Are you stupid?” and “You are stupid” whenever something upset me. I used to say those words so much and so often that they became my “go-to-sentences” whenever something even inconsequential happened. I traded those words so often, especially towards my siblings, that they lost their meaning but not their harshness.
I’m currently reading the book of Proverbs, and a recurring theme has being “spoken words”. Solomon emphasizes that as Christians, we should put away our crooked speech and make sure that every devious talk is far from us” (Proverbs 4:24). The b0ok of Proverbs 8:6-8 continues to talk about how wickedness is an abomination to our lips and how all the words of our mouth should be righteous. Scattered throughout the book of Proverbs is an emphasis on how we should speak wisely and bridle our tongue.
I used to call my siblings stupid so often and when I truly thought about the gravity of what I used to say, I’ve realized that I always just spoke off-handedly. I never truly considered my words. I never spoke with conscious effort, I never truly thought before speaking (despite how many times we’ve all being told to think before we speak).
Infact, so many of us do this, hurt those we love (especially unintentionally) through the words that proceed out of our mouth. I believe that the problem is routine. We speak so often that we have so many nonchalant, casual daily comments that we make without giving it much thought. The question is, are your casual comments healing or hurtful?
Ephesians 4:29 commands us that, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear”
The fact that the Bible contains so many scriptures dedicated to the words that we utter tells us that God is so concerned about what we say with our mouth and my prayer is that may God help us all grow into people who utter words of prosperity, peace, love, fruitfulness, and growth into the lives of others.
Today, I will like for you to consider and actually go one whole day thinking before uttering every single speech from your mouth. Before ordering your coffee, before saying ‘hi’ to a friend. I’ll appreciate it if you tell me how that goes down in the comment section.
What are your casual off-handed comments like?
Hi, Lifestyle Speakers! So if you’ve being following my blog for a while, you are aware that I kept a journal for sixty six days. If you aren’t, here are links to my blog posts on keeping a journal. and here. My journal contains my day-to-day life for sixty-six days earlier in the year. After just reviewing it, I just felt God put this idea in my head: To make a lesson out of each day of my recorded life and I hope this will bless at least one person out there.