What if words painted the picture of your life and could actually change the appearance of who you are? If each word you speak is a stroke of a brush on the canvas of your life, what does this painting look like? In some very real way the words we speak influence everyone around us but they influence us most.
I notice this in my own life when I let frustrated words leave my lips. I used to think I would feel better if I just get it out … let off the steam of my anger and inner turmoil. My experience is that this is untrue. My growling and grumbling words serve in some way to justify the feelings inside and I end up with regret later as I talk to the Lord about it.
When I hear people who cannot speak without profanity pouring out I wonder what corrupt spirit has taken up residence in them, bringing misery and unhappiness. Even some Christians who use milder expletives – and use them generously and without thinking – are falling into a trap of the enemy.
One of the powerful products of prayer is the act of speaking words that paint pictures that glorify God.
He who breathes out truth shows forth righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God), but a false witness utters deceit. There are those who speak rashly, like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Truthful lips shall be established forever, but a lying tongue is [credited] but for a moment. ~Proverbs 12:17-19, AMP
Speaking out truth is an reflection of inner righteousness. Wise people speak and healing results. Liars and people who utter words of anger pierce those around them …and themselves.
I think the real question about profanity and off color language is not whether or not it is ‘wrong’ … but is it destroying the peace God wants you to have? Is it coloring your world with hues of bitterness and hatred … strokes of discontent and disappointment?
Hear, for I will speak excellent and princely things; and the opening of my lips shall be for right things. For my mouth shall utter truth, and wrongdoing is detestable and loathsome to my lips. ~Proverbs 8: 6, 7 , AMP
My challenge to myself is to stop justifying my own grumbling remarks and to lift my own heart by speaking excellent things … that when I open my mouth to speak it will be for the right things. Speaking truth may not always be positive happy thoughts, sometimes it is declaring the judgment of the Lord. But let it be His judgment, not mine. Let them be His words, not mine. When I speak the right things of God then He has the power to use those brushstrokes to paint a different picture than the one I conceive.
Everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to anger, for man’s anger does not accomplish God’s righteousness…. humbly receive the implanted word, which is able to save you. ~James 1:19-21
Speaking in anger paints a self-portrait that is much different than the one that God has in mind for us to compose. When we are quick to speak in angry words we are not accomplishing God’s purpose. There is a word ..a humble implanted word…we must receive it and speak it.
Maybe I need to speak excellent, princely, right, truthful things for the benefit of the picture of my own life (and not just the benefit of others)? If each word you speak is a stroke of a brush on the canvas of your life, paint beautifully, friends.
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(picture credits: www.saatchiart.com and http://claracorn.blogspot.com/2010/10/art-as-healing-at-emporia-arts-council.html)