Proverbs 18:21 KJV “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Sometimes my very own words come back to haunt me when I least expect it. As of late, I have been intentional with my words. Intentional about speaking life and trying to avoid saying those things which do not edify. However, there was this time, not so long ago, that to cover how I truly felt I spoke words which did not edify. Death and destruction in my tongue. This morning, the remnant of a memory hit me so hard… I do not recall saying the words, but there is no doubt I said them – to cover my own feelings. Why? To save face – from what? And in turn, destroy?
I did not realize the power of my words. But, at the moment of the memory I did, I was so full of conviction and remorse – when the memory hit, I stopped everything I was doing, immediately repentant. Who was I in that moment? What was I thinking to say such words? That’s not even me! Nor is it the Christian way… Wow.
Today, my choice of words has been carefully selected. Perhaps, over-the-top, not wanting to slip and offend, also not wanting to misrepresent… I am working on being true to myself with my words. Honesty is the best policy. Of course, we must first be honest with ourselves… Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. I am choosing to speak life, whether it feels good or not. This has always been my challenge, choosing to speak life even if I am uncomfortable in my own emotions.