A fresh sheet of paper.
A blank canvas.
A new day.
Each one filled with potential. All are capable of bringing hope and encouragement, or of tearing down and wounding. Each one is waiting to be unlocked, but for what purpose? The truth of this lies within the heart of the key holder, where thoughts are produced and words take shape.
When we are made new in Christ our old patterns of speech fall off and our words become instruments of grace, used to heal. There is such power in what we say. Still times will fall on each of us where our words turn dark and we must watch out for this. Throughout the Bible our tongues are compared to a sword, piercing with harsh words spoken. While we are daughters of the King, we are flesh and therefore sinners by nature. We cannot tame our tongues alone. In James 3:8 we are reminded of this truth when he speaks of our abilities to tame wild animals, “but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison.” This is not a task to be taken on alone. Man himself cannot put out the flames of the tongue. Instead, we call on God, “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.” Psalm 141:3
In a world full of darkness, our words have authority to bring light to those gloomy spaces. Like an empty page, an unmarred canvas, with words we paint the backdrop of our mind’s most intimate thoughts.
When I was little my mom used to always say, “Pretty is as pretty does.” That included what pretty said. Such pride is taken in outward appearances that are so quickly tainted by foul language, gossip, and untruths. In the book of Matthew, Peter asks Jesus about this. He wants Jesus to tell of the story of what defiles man. Jesus goes on to explain that it is not the food that corrupts us, “but the words you speak come from the heart- that’s what defiles you. For from the heart come evil thoughts…” Matthew 15: 18-19
In our newness with Christ, let’s make new our words. Ask Him to guard our lips, to make clean our thoughts, and to sit upon the throne of our hearts where all of this begins. Transformation begins in the surrender.
Ephesians 4:29 “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.”