There’s a lot of ugly verbiage in our world today. You’re assaulted with it daily from the time you get up each morning. Some of what is spoken can be helpful; some can be a nuisance, and some is just plain garbage and should be tossed out.
The problem with people running off at the mouth is they truly believe what they say. Whether they’re blaming someone else for their problems, or trying to convince someone their way is the right way, they can’t speak without first believing what they are expressing. What they believe in their hearts eventually comes through their mouth in uttered words. I recently heard a man who was finally caught, found guilty, and sentenced to 12 years for each crime he committed (over 12 crimes). He was going to be in prison for the rest of his life natural life. When the judge issued his sentence, the man tried to explain his viewpoint (belief) on the matter, although DNA had already declared him guilty. The sentenced man continued to believe he was the innocent person and expressed it in words to the judge.
Our words are containers of power. We frame our individual world with our words, so what we speak is powerful. Our words, especially self talk, can lift up and or tear down. We need to watch what comes out of our mouths and not add our garbage to the pile. Paul put it this way in Ephesians 4:29, NASB, “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Let’s make sure what we say comes from our heart, is full of grace, uplifting, and encouraging for those hearing it. Let’s line up our believing with God’s grace and Jesus’ finished work. That’s when what we say to ourselves and others will be powerful.