Treat Your Mouth As A Loaded Gun

3 07 2012

If we had any conception of the power of the spoken word, I’m convinced we’d be different people.  We would handle words—whether spoken or written—like a bomb squad handles a bomb that needs defusing.

As a Christian, I believe the universe was spoken into existence.  Obviously, I was not there to witness it.  But I believe the biblical record when it talks about how the universe was framed:  From the mouth of God.  I’ve no intent to go into the various scientific cosmologies.  But I do believe the record that says “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” (Hebrews 11:3)

If words create worlds, what do they produce when uttered or penned by creatures made in the image of God?  Maybe, as Peter Kreeft says, we should all be wearing crash helmets, considering that words are so powerful.

I’ve served in three different churches as an associate pastor since 1993.  I learned very quickly that words have the power to destroy people and cripple them for years, sometimes for life.  And I learned that people can shoot for the stars with a little encouragement.  That words are creative.  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Treat your mouth and your pen as either loaded instruments or creative vehicles.  “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” simply does not square with reality.  Try these on your family, friends and associates:

“You’re gonna make it.”

“The best is yet to come.”

“I love you.”

“I forgive you.”

“You can do this.  You have what it takes.”

Watch what happens.  And when tempted to let someone feel the brunt of your anger by your tongue, stop for a bit, think carefully and remember that you are in the possession of a loaded weapon.

Handle with care.

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2 responses

3 07 2012
Jennifer Stuart

I feel like this is also true in the realm of our own thoughts and the words we think to ourselves. All of those positive affirmations that we can try out on family and friends would be fabulous to use on ourselves, first, especially so that we can truly digest and embody the meaning. Saying “I forgive you” is rather easy, but meaning it is a whole shift in consciousness, especially if we can mean it when we say it to ourselves; otherwise, it holds little meaning if we say it to another, even though it can help them to grow if they believe it and can feel those words themselves. This is a good reminder for how to be gentle and forgiving to ourselves and others, thanks 🙂

4 07 2012
Christian Fahey

You’re welcome Jennifer. Our words–including those we speak to ourselves–are so very powerful!

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