Bible Study

Sticks and Stones

I hate you! I wish you would die. I wish you’d. Those things hurt, regardless of what the rhythm we learned as kids. They cut deep. So deep that they stay with us sometimes long into our lives. Proverbs 18:21 tells us: THE TONGUE HAS THE POWER TO LIFE AND DEATH, AND THOSE WHO LOVE TO TALK WILL REAP THE CONSEQUENCES. (NEW LIVING TRANSLATION). We are instructed to be Christ like. (1 John 2:5- the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as he walked). When we say such mean and hurtful things to people how is that affecting us according to God’s word?

Matthew 12:36 tells us that “Every idle word that men shall speak; they shall give account thereof in the day of judgement. For by thy words, thou shall be justified, and by thy words thou shall be condemned. The tongue is a weapon that can be used to harm or heal. If you recall too that it’s not flesh and blood that we fight against but against rulers against the authorities, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Eph. 6:12). Let me point to one more verse in Ecc. 27:9. (also Isaiah 55:11) Here, Solomon is saying that “the birds will resort unto their like; so, will the truth return onto them that practice in her.” So, let me give you mental picture. Put your hand in front of your mouth like you’re going to spit something out into it. Except instead of your hand, there are 2 hands. One is of an angel waiting to deliver your words to the Lord. Another waiting to deliver the evil you’re speaking to Satan. These “birds” are messengers just standing there waiting for us to spit out words so they can carry them back to be delivered. You are able to plant a seed every day with your words and actions. How you get it to grow depends what type of fertilizer you’re putting on it. I would rather get up and try to sow as many positivity seeds as I can and reap that harvest. We have all heard that what comes around, goes around. Did you ever stop to think that the things that aren’t going right for you, could be a result of the seeds you’re sowing? Galatians 6:7 tells us, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”. We need to think beyond the present to the future and how our actions and words will impact tomorrow. The Bible tells us to discern what we do in life as we will ultimately reap what we sow. Our tongues can be used to either advance the Kingdom of God by showing and speaking love, patience and kindness to each other, or we can fan the flames of fire pouring out of our mouths. Be kinder than necessary my friends because you just don’t know which little birdie is waiting to deliver your message.