Words build worlds.
In Genesis 1, we see that God spoke things into existence & created this world. Similarly, when we speak, we either create beautiful worlds or we destroy them. Translation: The tongue has the power to build people up or tear people down. Also remember, the tongue is difficult to control, and I personally, as a talker, struggle with this. However, the more time I spend with the Lord definitely influences how I respond and talk to others (for the better). Know that the way you talk to others won't just change over night...it's a process, and it isn't that easy. I constantly have to rely on the Lord to filter how I want to respond from how I should respond, which should be in love. Responding in love to others is hard, especially when they have offended you, but be the bigger person & turn the other cheek. Remember, you are either reflecting Christ through your words, or you aren't. Choose to build worlds, not to destroy them.
"A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger...The soothing tongue is a tree of life, but a perverse tongue crushes the spirit." -Proverbs 15:1;4
"Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell." -James 3:5-6
"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?" -James 3:9-11
" Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." -Ephesians 4:29
// Questions //
If your tongue were to be judged today, would you stand the test of faith?
Before speaking ask yourself...
How would God want me to respond? Am I responding in love?