What’s the big deal with dropping bombs? AKA…swearing, cursing, having a potty mouth, using fowl language, etc.
I mean…they’re just words, right? One day somebody somewhere just made them up. What possible damage could they cause others or myself?
To be honest, this is kind of a tricky subject to tackle because the Bible doesn’t really give us a list of words to say and words to not say. Although the Bible doesn’t say to stay away from a specific list of words, the Bible does say a lot about what comes out of our mouths – our words.
So…what’s the big deal with our words?
1. YOUR WORDS REFLECT YOUR HEART.
Whatever is in your heart (on the inside) will come out in your speech. The question isn’t “Are you full of it?” The question is “What are you full of?” If you are full of bad things like anger, pride, perversion, and disrespect, then your words will be full of those things. If you are full of good things like love, joy, peace, purity, kindness, God’s Word, and holiness, then your words will reflect that.
Jesus puts it this way in Matthew 12:34-37…”For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
2. YOUR WORDS AFFECT YOUR INFLUENCE.
Influence is everything. We all have influence. The questions isn’t if we have influence; the question is what we do with our influence. Everything we say effects our influence either positively or negatively. Every word you say either adds or subtracts your influence. Every Facebook status update, every tweet can affect your influence.
As a Christian, your influence can lead to other people getting saved. Your influence can lead to more people spending eternity in heaven. And every single soul is a big deal. Our goal should be to see as many people saved and having the hope & life that can only come through a relationship with Jesus.
3. YOUR WORDS BRING EITHER LIFE OR DEATH.
The very words you speak have the power to immediately bring life or bring death into whatever situation you are in. Your words can literally change the atmosphere. Proverbs 18:21 says…”The tongue can bring death or life.”
Q: How do we make sure we are bringing life with our words and not death?
A: We T-H-I-N-K before we speak.
- Truth of God’s Word – Is what I say going to line up with the Bible?
- Helpful – Is what I say going to help someone or a situation?
- Inspire – Is what I say going to inspire people?
- Needed – Is what I say needed or necessary?
- Kind – Is what I say kind?
If the answer to anyone of these questions is “NO”, then you have no business opening your mouth.
Ephesians 4:29-5:2 puts it this way…”Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them…Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you. Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children. Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.”
Trust me. Your words are a big deal.
***Message notes from REVOLUTION on Wednesday, July 13, 2011.