Your Words – Destructive or Beneficial

Your Words
Destructive or Beneficial
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“Your Words – You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. 21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.”
Psalms 18:20-21 (GNT)

Proverbs 18:20-21 Good News Translation (GNT) You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. 21 What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.

Proverbs 18:20-21 King James Version (KJV) A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

Proverbs 18:4-8 (KJV) The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook. 5 It is not good to accept the person of the wicked, to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 6 A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. 7 A fool’s mouth is his destruction, and his lips are the snare of his soul. 8 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly.

Beneficial Words

As children of God the words we speak should help and benefit others; are your words destructive or beneficial? The psalmist describes the words of the Lord as sweeter than honey; they bring light and give understanding. In John 6:63 Jesus says His words are spirit and life. Spirit here refers to the Greek word pneuma i.e, the spirit is that which animates and gives life, the body is of no profit (for the spirit imparts life to it, not the body in turn to the spirit (see reference in Biblehub.com). Wisdom teaches us to Proverbs 5:1-2 (GNT) My child, pay attention and listen to my wisdom and insight. 2 Then you will know how to behave properly, and your words will show that you have knowledge [read Proverbs 5:1-6 (focus verses: 1-2)]. Proverbs 13:2-3 International Standard Version (ISV)From the fruit of his words a man receives benefit, but the treacherous crave violence. 3 Anyone who guards his words protects his life; anyone who talks too much is ruined.

Psalms 119:103 (NASU) How sweet are Your words to my taste! Yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! [Read Psalms 119:101-104] | Psalms 119:130 (HCSB) The revelation of Your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced. [Read Psalms 119:129-136 (focus verses: 129-131)]

John 6:61-63 (RKJNT) But Jesus, knowing in himself that his disciples murmured at this, said to them, Does this offend you? 62 What then if you should see the Son of man ascend to where he was before? 63 The spirit gives life; the flesh profits nothing: the words I speak to you are spirit and life. [Read John 6:41-71 (focus verses: 61-63)]

Destructive Words

Let’s identify some of the situations when we are more likely to say destructive or harmful words: when you argue or quarrel, when you are angry, jealous, drunk, high, joking or when your feelings are hurt. The Scriptures use the following words to identify the acts that use words that are hurtful and can be destructive: judging (to criticize, blame or find fault and condemn as wrong), gossiping, arrogant, criticizing, backbiting (saying mean things about someone that is not present), lying, false teaching, etc.

Psalms 5:8-9 Amplified Bible (AMP) Lead me, O Lord, in Your righteousness because of my enemies; make Your way level (straight and right) before my face. 9 For there is nothing trustworthy or steadfast or truthful in their talk; their heart is destruction [or a destructive chasm, a yawning gulf]; their throat is an open sepulcher; they flatter and make smooth with their tongue.

Psalms 38:11-12 New English Translation (NET) Because of my condition, even my friends and acquaintances keep their distance; my neighbors stand far away. 12 Those who seek my life try to entrap me; those who want to harm me speak destructive words; all day long they say deceitful things.

Proverbs 17:4 Complete Jewish Bible (CJB) An evildoer heeds wicked lips; a liar listens to destructive talk.

2 Peter 2:1-3 (NKJV) But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction. 2 And many will follow their destructive ways, because of whom the way of truth will be blasphemed. 3 By covetousness they will exploit you with deceptive words; for a long time their judgment has not been idle, and their destruction does not slumber.

Your Words
Harmful or Helpful
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“Your Words – Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.
Ephesians 4:29 (NLT)

Ephesians 4:25-32 New Living Translation (NLT) So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. 26 And “don’t sin by letting anger control you.” Don’t let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 for anger gives a foothold to the devil.

28 If you are a thief, quit stealing. Instead, use your hands for good hard work, and then give generously to others in need. 29 Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

30 And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.

Do your words build-up or tear down, are they harmful or helpful, destructive or motivating / beneficial? The letter to the Ephesians (4:29) advised that the children of God should use words that are helpful, inspiring and beneficial. The Colossians were advised to say things that bring joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm and loveliness; seasoned with salt – speech prepared with wisdom and sound judgement.

Colossians 4:5-6 GOD’S WORD Translation (GW) Be wise in the way you act toward those who are outside the Christian faith. Make the most of your opportunities. 6 Everything you say should be kind and well thought out so that you know how to answer everyone.

Colossians 4:5-6 (RKJNT) Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, making the most of the time. 6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer every man.

Your Words
Choose Words Wisely
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​I tell you that for every careless thing that people say, they must answer on the ‘day of judgment.’ For it is by your words that you will be acquitted, and by your words that you will be condemned.”
Matthew 12:36-37 (OEB)

Matthew 12:33-37 (WEB) Either make the tree good, and its fruit good, or make the tree corrupt, and its fruit corrupt; for the tree is known by its fruit. 34 You offspring of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. 35 The good man out of his good treasure brings out good things, and the evil man out of his evil treasure brings out evil things. 36 I tell you that every idle word that men speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

A few words from Psalms and Proverbs to help use wisdom in our speaking. Psalms 35:27-28 (KJV) Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause: yea, let them say continually, Let the Lord be magnified, which hath pleasure in the prosperity of his servant. 28 And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long. Psalms 145:21 (KJV) My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever. Proverbs 8:6-8 (KJV) Hear; for I will speak of excellent things; and the opening of my lips shall be right things. 7 For my mouth shall speak truth; and wickedness is an abomination to my lips. 8 All the words of my mouth are in righteousness; there is nothing froward or perverse in them. [Read Proverbs 8:1-11 (focus verses: 6-8)]

Control the tongue

James 3:4-6 and 8-10 (RKJNT) Behold also the ships, which, though they are so great and are driven by such fierce winds, yet they are guided by a very small rudder, wherever the pilot directs. 5 Even so, the tongue is a small part of the body, and it boasts of great things. Behold how great a forest is kindled by a little fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity among our members. It defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the whole course of life; and is itself set on fire by hell. 8 But the tongue no man can tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father; and with it we curse men, who are made in the likeness of God. 10 Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. [Reference Psalms 52:1-5; Proverbs 15:1-4, 21:23; 1 Peter 3:8-12]

Scriptures to read and study

1 Corinthians 7:24-40 (focus verses: 32-35); 1 Corinthians 9:1-18 (focus verses: 7-12); 1 Corinthians 10:23-31 (focus verses: 23-24); Ephesians 4:25-32 (focus verses: 29-32); Titus 3:1-11 (focus verses: 4-8); 1 Peter 1:3-12 (focus verses: 10-12); Psalms 119:97-104 (focus verses: 101-104); Proverbs 18:20-21; Colossians 4:2-6 (focus verse: 6); Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (focus verses: 2-7); Matthew 12:34-37 (focus verses: 36-37); 1 Timothy 4:12-16 (focus verse: 12); Colossians 3:12-17 (focus verses: 16-17); 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17 (focus verses: 16-17); James 3:1-12 (focus verses: 4-6 and 8-10)

Your Words
Conclusion

Luke 6:43-45 Contemporary English Version (CEV) A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot produce good fruit. 44 You can tell what a tree is like by the fruit it produces. You cannot pick figs or grapes from thornbushes. 45 Good people do good things because of the good in their hearts. Bad people do bad things because of the evil in their hearts. Your words show what is in your heart.

Be mindful of what you say, make sure your words are beneficial to others and not destructive. A good person’s words will benefit many people; Wise words bring many benefits May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting comfort and hope, which we don’t deserve, comfort your hearts with all comfort, and help you in every good thing you say and do. Be blessed my friends—Tim.

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