Daily Devotional

The Source of Words

by Simon Whitton

Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 12:18 (NIV)

Words are powerful, able to lead people astray, harm and destroy like a weapon. To this day, I still remember cutting remarks made to me some 30 years ago; and I recall some of the destructive words that I have carelessly spoken.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21 (NIV)

Less common are the words of life, but they are even more powerful.  As light dispels darkness, words of life dispel lies.  If it were not for these words, we would not have found salvation, healing, deliverance, freedom and peace.

We would prefer to speak life to those around us.  Unfortunately, even as Christians, we don't have great control over what comes out of our mouths, death or life.  We have some control, but not as much as we would like.

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue.
It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.

James 3:7-8 (NIV)

This is because what comes out of our mouth is a result of what's in our heart.

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart,
and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.
For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Luke 6:45 (NIV)

What's coming out of your mouth?  Do you find yourself gossiping, faultfinding or criticizing, do you later regret having said things; or do you find it easy to value and praise people, lifting them up.  Would you be one who wounds and puts people down?  Or one who heals and encourages?

It's not a matter of having the right words, it's all about having the right heart. Once your heart is pure, pure words will follow.  What is needed is a change in our hearts.  And only God can do this.

Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.
Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
Psalm 51:9-10 (NIV)

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith,
having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience

Hebrews 10:22a (NIV)

Draw near to God and offer Him your whole heart.  He sees your heart as it truly is. Confess those sins that spring from your heart, asking God to cleanse it with the blood of Christ.

God not only forgives you and cleanses your heart, but He considers you a friend.

He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious
will have the king for his friend.

Proverbs 22:11 (NIV)

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