The words you speak reflect the person you are. A kind person will speak kind words. A harsh person will speak harsh words. A godly person will speak words befitting to be heard by God. A worldly person will speak words only suited to be heard by the worldly.
We are usually more sensitive to what others say to us than what we say to them. “If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue, you are fooling yourself, and your religion is worthless” (James 1:26 NLT).
The words you speak reveal the thoughts you have. Words spoken are the windows to your soul. The more you say, the more you show what is really going on inside you. If you want to speak better words, then think better thoughts. Spoken words are merely thoughts expressed out loud.
Whatever you pour out is whatever you’re filled with. Jesus explained to us, “Your words show what is in your heart” (Luke 6:45 CEV).
The words you speak are the compass to where you’re going. Speak life, and you’ll live a life worth living. Speak hurt, and you’ll go on hurting yourself and those around you. Speak higher, and you’ll go higher. If you want to change your path, then you must change the words you are speaking.
The words you speak lay the path you’ll walk on. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]” (Proverbs 18:21 AMPC).
The words you speak can either lift people up or put them down. Say something that lifts somebody’s spirit, and you will lift yourself higher too. Say something that puts people down, and you will make yourself lower. The direction you speak to others is the direction you will go.
Every critical word spoken against others lands squarely on you. It is like spitting into the wind. “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37 NKJV).
The words you speak can either be thankfulness or complaining. When you speak words of thankfulness, your heart will be filled with gratitude. When you speak words of complaining, your heart will be filled with bitterness. The words you speak fill the cup that you will drink from.
You can choose to be thankful or to complain, and your choice is the life that you live. “In every situation [no matter what the circumstances] be thankful and continually give thanks to God; for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:18 AMP).
The words you speak can be truth or they can be lies. When you speak the truth, your words are welcome in heaven. When you tell lies, your words belong in hell. A half-truth is still a lie and sprinkling of truth is no different.
Nobody can catch you in a lie that you never stepped into. “Love should always make us tell the truth. Then we will grow in every way and be more like Christ, the head” (Ephesians 4:15 CEV).
The words you speak are productive or they’re wasteful. The measure of the value of the words you speak is the outcome that they produce. It is what your words bring to the listener that this will be measured on and not what the words bring to yourself.
Some people have many words but very little to say. “When there are many words, wrongdoing is unavoidable, but one who restrains his lips is wise” (Proverbs 10:19 NASB).
The words you speak will determine the position you will have in heaven. Your salvation is in Christ alone, but your heavenly position is on you. It will be the words you have spoken on this earth that will determine all you will receive in heaven.
Be careful before speaking every word, knowing you can never take them back. Jesus taught, “But I tell you that for every careless word that people speak, they will give an account of it on the day of judgment” (Matthew 12:36 NASB).
If you realized the eternal importance of every word you spoke, I am most confident you would speak less often. You would think longer and speak less. You would pause more and speak slower. You would speak softer, being careful to consider others by all you say.
It’s more important to respond better than to respond faster. “Let everyone be quick to hear [be a careful, thoughtful listener], slow to speak [a speaker of carefully chosen words and], slow to anger [patient, reflective, forgiving]” (James 1:19 AMP).
Speak kind words such that you would want to hear them spoken back to yourself. Speak higher than you are and see where that will get you. Speak about the best things you see in others. Speak words of thankfulness for all the good things God has given you.
Speak to others such that you wouldn’t regret it if it was the last thing you ever told them. “And never let ugly or hateful words come from your mouth, but instead let your words become beautiful gifts that encourage others; do this by speaking words of grace to help them” (Ephesians 4:29 TPT).
Speak the truth that your words would be welcome in heaven. Speak knowing that Jesus will be judging you on every word that you say. Speak fewer words so that each of them can be specially chosen. Speak slower so that the Holy Spirit inside you can first inspect them before you might say them.
Let your words be few and your actions be telling of the life of Christ within you. “As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us” (2 Corinthians 2:15 TLB).