We live in a day and age when we are constantly at each others throats. Constantly fighting and bickering over who is right and who is wrong. Whose skin color is more important, whose political affiliation is the right, do we wear a mask, are we cowards for doing so, are we hate-filled if we do not, so on and so on it goes.
We can fight over just about any situation, any topic. But how often do we pause to really examine our words?
What impact are they making? Are we helping, or hurting? Do we even understand the depth our words can have?
Scripture tells us about our words and the power and danger of the tongue. Proverbs 18:21 tell us the power of life and death are in the tongue! How powerful is that?
The thought that I can build up or destroy just by what I say to a person?
James 3:8 should be a definite warning to us. James tell us that no man can tame the tongue.
Well! If you put that with Proverbs 18:21 that tells me that I better put a lot of thought and care into what I pour into a person verbally.
And if that is not enough to get my attention Matt 12:36-37 tells us that we will have to give an account to every idle word we speak.
That's a lot.
As I'm writing this, I think back to so many occurrences that I will have to answer for. Times I could have dealt with someone in a kinder manner. Less harsh and sharp words could have been used.
How many missed opportunities have been wasted over my choice of words? How many hearts have been hurt?
I'm sure it's more than I'll ever know in this life.
I say all of that to say this.
2020 was a hard year for so many people from all walks of life. Our reality was literally turned upside down for so many of us. Even our churches have had to change.
But if there was ever a time to start a New Year with a new attitude, this is the one.
I challenge all of us to be a little more mindful with our words.
Pause. Think. Pray.
And then, respond in love.