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Proverbs 18:21- Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Living on the mission field, I have friends from quite a few different places and cultures. My good friend Lisa Coggin is an example. Her and her husband Keith have very thick US Southern accents. They’re from Mobile, Alabama. It took me a while to get to understand their lingo, but after spending a good amount of time with Lisa (we’ve gone on a lot of adventures together) I think I’ve got it down. It’s funny though, because they think I’m the one with an accent, being a “yankee” from New York and all. Similarly, my good friends who are like parents here, Wayne and Bev Stephens, are from South Australia. Their accents are fun to listen to, and they have a lot of sayings that are confusing to my American ears. It has taken a lot of time to understand them. I’m still getting the hang of it.
Just as we can tell a lot about a person by the way they look, what family they are from, what culture they are a part of, etc., we can also tell a lot about a person by the way they sound and how they speak.
For a victorious Christian, their speech will show who they are. They will speak life and love. They will speak the words of Jesus. They will learn the lingo of their Lord, and after spending time with Him, they will begin to sound like Him.
People should be able to listen to our speech and hear something different, a heavenly accent if you will. We should sound like Jesus.
Our speech could be used for good, to edify others:
“Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” Colossians 4:6
Or it could be a fire within us that pollutes us and those around us:
“And consider ships: Though very large and driven by fierce winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So too, though the tongue is a small part of the body, it boasts great things. Consider how large a forest a small fire ignites. And the tongue is a fire. The tongue, a world of unrighteousness, is placed among the parts of our bodies. It pollutes the whole body, sets the course of life on fire, and is set on fire by hell.
Every sea creature, reptile, bird, or animal is tamed and has been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. We praise our Lord and Father with it, and we curse men who are made in God’s likeness with it. Praising and cursing come out of the same mouth. My brothers, these things should not be this way.” James 3:4-10
Our words are powerful!
When we use filthy language, make perverse jokes, or even spout hate speech (for example- speech against people of a certain race, or of police officers, etc.) we sound just like the world. And guess what? There is nothing appealing about that.
In this world that seems to be growing darker and colder, people are desperate for something different, for someone to stand up and do the right thing.
In the midst of the anger, the chaos and the hatred, will you be a voice of truth and life?
If we stand up, no matter how difficult it may be, and speak the truth in love, God will use us to make an impact in this world for His Name. We will be defeating the enemy and bringing light into the darkness.
God can restore hope to those who have lost their way, love to the hated, and peace to those caught up in the chaos of this world, through one person who is willing to stand up as a victorious believer and not be ashamed of speaking the love and truth of Jesus Christ.
Death and life are in the power of your tongue. So choose to speak life.
(Here are a few more great scripture references on our speech, if you are interested in further study:
Proverbs 13:3; Ephesians 4:15, 29; James 1:19, 26; Matthew 12:34-37; Psalm 141:3.)
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Hi, my name is Erica and I am a God-called missionary for Northern Uganda. It is my passion and life-calling to bring God’s word to the people of the world. Each and every one of us can do our part in spreading God’s word to people in need of Jesus’ healing touch and hope. Trying to figure out if God has called you to the mission field? Do you want to learn more about what it’s like to be a missionary? Check out my book, For the Joy Set Before Us – Insights Into the Missionary Journey today.