Eight thousand words a day have an extreme amount of potential to both hurt someone or uplift their spirit and Christians are warned against using these words frivolously in Proverbs 10:19, “When words are many (and they are) transgression is not lacking, but the prudent are restrained in speech.” Since God gave me a tongue to speak with, there are two ways I must use it: one, to glorify Him; this means in worship, evangelism, song, thanksgiving, etc. The other way I must use my tongue WISELY is through encouragement to my brothers and sisters. First Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” One might think that with only But these are just the two ways that I KNOW I must use my words. It is my decision then, when I decide to use my words unwisely through gossip, slander, complaining, or even not saying what I know God would have me say. This last act is in fact a sin as James says in James 4:17 when he says, “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does NOT do it, to him it is sin.” Psalm 39:1 says, “I said, ‘I will guard my ways that I may not sin with my tongue; I will keep a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence.” This means that my choice of friends and acquaintances also have an impact on MY speech!
So now I know that I use a lot of words everyday. How will I use them? Will they be used wisely according to Psalm 37:30, “The mouth of the righteous man utters wisdom, and his tongue speaks what is just.” Will they be encouraging, going back to 1 Thess. 5:11, ““Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Will they glorify my Heavenly Father in all I say? As this week progresses, I will strive even harder to think before speaking, so that every one of my 8,000 words, will have the RIGHT meaning and in this way, I will take YET ANOTHER BOLD step towards my FABULOUS destination, which is CHRIST, my LORD.
TO THE KING!!