When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 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 3:3-6 NIV
The tongue is just a small part of the body, but small is not to be confused with insignificant. Our words steer the course of our lives.
A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. Luke 6:45 NIV
If you want to know what is in your heart, listen. Listen to the words that come out of your mouth in conversation and to your internal dialogue. Jesus was interrupted by a woman who had been suffering for twelve years. She pushed her way through the crowd to get to him because she said to herself, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” (Matthew 9:21 NLT) Her internal dialogue revealed her faith and when she touched Jesus she was healed. Her future was shaped by her words.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, Proverbs 18:21 NKJV
Think about the words that have passed through your brain today (whether or not they’ve passed through your lips). Are you speaking death into the days ahead or are you shaping your future with hopeful expectation?
Would you be willing to do an experiment? Speak positive words over your life every day this week and see what effect it has on your outlook and how words can transform your attitude and atmosphere. Use Pastor Rob’s daily confession (or customize your own):
Today I will love freely, live fearlessly, dream expectantly, laugh deeply, learn insatiably, take initiative ferociously, forgive wholeheartedly, persevere tenaciously, serve humbly, think purely, choose in each moment wisely, rest completely, give generously, give thanks audaciously and surrender trustingly.
Be sure to let us know the results of your experiment with words. How did speaking words of inspiration, courage, blessing and gratitude shape your world?