Your words have power. They have a significantly greater effect on your life than the words others may have spoken over you. Yes, the words of others can affect, hurt deep and even hinder or delay your dreams, but you have the power to overcome them. You can refuse to allow yourself to accept the degrading, discouraging or negative words others throw at you and do not let it grow inside of you so much, that it comes out of your mouth.
… For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men would have to give account on the day of judgement for every careless words they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:34-37 (NIV)
The verses above are just a short part of a speech Jesus was making to the Pharisees, but the value and lessons that can be gleaned from it are much more than I can address in this post.
Three points for us to consider are:
- What’s in your heart will eventually come out of your mouth. Some thoughts seem to push their way into your mind and place themselves on replay. You do not have to speak everything you think, but if you are not mindful of your thoughts, they will set up shop in that deeper place referred to as your heart and call in their friends for a party. Then they will start popping out of your mouth in time. To guard your mouth, you have to guard your heart. To guard your heart, you have to guard your mind.
- Good things will come out of those storing up good in their heart and bad things will come out of those storing up bad. If your flour has in weevils when you bought it, it’s going to breed more in storage and they will eventually crawl out and affect other grains. How do I know? I’m sure you’ve guessed. If we are not mindful of our thoughts they get stored in our heart and good our bad they will eventually seep out and show who we really are. It is also important that you be careful of those around you, who habitually pour out the bad stuff they have been storing up inside of them. If they are infecting you with their negative ways, more than you are affecting them with positive, put some distance between you and them while you pray for them and allow God to change and strengthen you. If getting away from such persons is not possible, you will have to be even more mindful of your ways and prayerfully seek God for the help you need, to keep you from adopting their ways. The company you keep do rub off on you. It may be so subtle and the change may be very slow until something negative pops out of your mouth and you realise you are becoming just like them.
- One day you will have to give answer to God about the careless words you have spoken and “I didn’t intend to say that” wouldn’t be a valid excuse. It most likely came out of your mouth because it was already nursed up and full-grown in your heart. Your own words will scream guilty or not guilty. Now is the time of preparation for eternity. What are your words testifying about you? Only you can change them.
Solution: Ask God to help you and be ready to do what it takes to see change. Be mindful of what thoughts are in your mind, for they will get stored in your heart and will eventually make their way out of your mouth and show who you really are inside. Check up on yourself. Is there anything in your heart that needs to be swept out before it starts seeping out of your mouth? One of my favourite verses that has indeed helped me accept the power I have to change my thinking is …
(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 2 Corinthians 10:4, 5 (KJV)
When I first came upon that verse, I was determined to learn it and do it. I have had to repeat that verse many times as a way to remind and assure myself that I have the power to control what goes on in my mind. It came to the point where I actually imagined myself kicking out certain thoughts. Like every thing else it takes time, practice and effort to see change. For some of you, change may come quickly, but I’m still a work in progress, just grateful for how far God has brought me. I can truly confess that the effort of being mindful of my thoughts and guarding my heart has already reaped much blessings in my life. I won’t tell you that every problem disappeared, but my life in general has been much more rewarding, fruitful and I can actually say less stressful (thank You Jesus!). How you choose to think about a matter can welcome more stress than the real issue itself. It can also affect your attitude and push away people away from you. People are generally attracted to positive words and attitudes.
‘Think about what you are thinking about,’ a quote from Joyce Meyer that holds a simple but powerful truth. Take the time today to resolve to change your life for the better, by being mindful of your thoughts, guarding your heart and choosing your words wisely.
A good resource to help you is Change Your Words, Change Your Life: Understanding the Power of Every Word You Speak
Heavenly Father, how grateful I am for the words of Jesus, that reminds us of how our word will affect us on the day of judgement. Help us to become aware of any evil or negative thing hidden in us, that needs to be swept out. Lord like the Psalmist we declare, “set a watch over my mouth and keep the door of my lips.” We ask you for the desire and resolve to do our part by taking captive, every thought that goes against the knowledge of Christ and to guard our hearts. Thank You for answering our prayer. In Jesus name.