There are several biblical scriptures that deal with our speech. Or the words we allow to echo from the profundity of our soul.
Ephesians 4:29 declares… Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Psalm 19:4 declares…Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalm 139:4 declares…For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
Proverbs 15 1-2 declares…A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
The tongue of the wise useth knowledge aright: but the mouth of fools poureth out foolishness
Colossians 3:16 declares…Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 declares..Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Colossians 4:6 declares…Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
There are several other scriptures I could have listed. These are just a few. As believers we must understand that words are spirit. Which mean they are not tangible; cannot be contained. With that being the case, we must be mindful of the things we allow to escape the confinement of our lips. This also includes typing, texting or voice-messaging. Once it is said or projected….or in the case for texts….Once it is sent…it cannot be undone. Its actions will take its course. Texting, messaging, and emails are all the manifestations of thoughts; which are words not uttered, but yet spoken. Take for example the words “I have a dream..” Those are famous words that continue to echoed throughout the world. Many of us were not physically present when those words were proclaimed, but yet we still feel their impact within this century. Many times we respond from the seat of emotions and certain words are uttered which has the effect to destroy or cause damage one way or another. As a result, we entered a place against what the word of God declares. This could result in many things, ill-treatment, misunderstandings and in some cases violent accidents.
Certain words uttered can cause physical or emotional damage. Take for example, if a gentleman of a different persuasion calls another gentle a derogatory statement, his response to that particular words may be violence. Or if a woman is called a BIT**.That particular word can cause emotional damage if spoken from a loved one. Or if someone says “I love you” the sound of those words cause the heart to melt in compassion. ***I am simply talking about the power of words***
We never know how or the impact our words (uttered, emailed, texted, voicemail or messaged) has or have affected someone. That’s why we must be careful when we utter certain words. Everyone interrupts words differently. Our intent may be one thing, but the reception of the words or message may be another.
Even Jesus said my words are spirit and life. Which means they are not governed by the physical touch and has the potential to empower.
The is a passage of scripture that declares Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth,
Within the word corrupt, lies a word called vitiate. It means destroy, which means ruin. We never know if something we said may have destroyed of damaged someone emotionally or psychologically. It behooves us to consider the things we say and allow the spirit to intercede when we are at the point of speaking from an emotional standpoint. As we allow the spirit of GOD to reign in our lives…He will give and govern the things we allow to escape from our vessel.
James Chapter 3 verses 5-13 declares Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!
6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
7 For every kind of beasts, and of birds, and of serpents, and of things in the sea, is tamed, and hath been tamed of mankind:
8 But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
9 Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.
10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.
11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?
12 Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh.
13 Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.