Speaking Wise Words: 7 Blessings
The words we speak in the flesh are filled with discontent, hate, jealousy, fear and despair. The words we speak in the spirit are filled with love, joy, hope, encouragement and truth. Jesus died to forgive us of all our sins. When we speak words in our flesh, Jesus’ blood instantly erases them. When we speak words in the spirit, they will fill space and time. Because these wise words are rooted in the Vine of Christ, they will surround us in heaven for eternity. For this reason, we want to replace flesh-spoken words with spirit-spoken words because only they are eternal.
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15.1-2 NIV).
Speaking negative words in the flesh is a very difficult habit to overcome. However, there is a solution: Love. When we filter our attention on others through love instead of judgment, we will speak wise words. We are social creatures and we like to contemplate the world and the people in it. The desire to embrace others with our thoughts can be extremely beneficial when submitted to the leadership and guidance of the Holy Spirit. Instead of using our words to destroy, we can use our wise words to build ourselves and others up.
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing” (1 Thessalonians 5.11 NIV).
The Blessings of Speaking Wise Words
When we have the urge to speak in our flesh, our hearts and minds are telling us there is new information to analyze and assimilate into our understanding. In a brief moment, we have a choice of two paths—blessings or curses. We can show mercy and offer a blessings to others or we can show judgment and offer a curse. The choice is all ours. We can speak eternal words of the spirit or empty words of the flesh.
The Bible has a lot to say about our words. When we fully understand the power of the tongue, we would be very careful about what we think and say. The tongue is literally a weapon that can be used for good or evil. There is no in between. When we speak words in the flesh, our tongue is used for evil. When we speak words in the spirit, our tongue is used for good. Once we learn to wield this weapon for good, we can reap the benefits.
7 Blessings When We Speak Wise Words
Not only can we bless others with our words, we can bless ourselves. The Bible gives us 7 promises that are unleashed as we replace flesh-spoken words with spirit-spoken words. When we choose to bless others, we literally bless ourselves. When we choose to curse others, we in turn curse ourselves. We can transform our desire talk into a force for good by speaking life. As we get better at replacing negative words with wise words, our life will experience massive positive results.
“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses…” (Deuteronomy 30.19 NLT).
Blessing 1: We will enjoy life more.
We don’t realize it, but when we speak negative words about others, we too become covered with negativity. However, if we learn to transform our words of judgment to words of mercy, our days will become good and joyful. We will not be bogged down by the words of destruction we have spoken aloud.
“If you want joy in your life and have happy days, keep your tongue from saying bad things and your lips from talking bad about others” (1 Peter 3.10 NLV).
Blessing 2: We will always have an answer.
We may not know everything, but God certainly does. When He can trusts us with our words, He will open up His wisdom and release it on our lives. The void left behind after we stop criticizing will be replaced by God’s righteous words of wisdom.
“Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone” (Colossians 4.6 NLT).
Blessing 3: We will have close friends.
Friendships are a choice and they take work, but they can greatly enrich and bless our lives and keep us on the right track. People are not perfect, and our friends will make mistakes. If we choose to forgive instead of complaining about the transgression, our relationships will prosper. And when we make a mistake, the mercy can then be extended to us.
“Love prospers when a fault is forgiven, but dwelling on it separates close friends” (Proverbs 17.9 NLT).
Blessing 4: We will have healing.
Our words will not only bring healing to others, they can bring healing to us. The power of Jesus Christ is found in mercy. When we speak words of mercy in prayer instead of criticism, we are surrounding ourselves and others in an atmosphere of healing. Our bodies, minds and hearts will all benefit from the healing power around us.
“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing” (Proverbs 12.18 NLT).
Blessing 5: We will have satisfaction.
Speaking words in the flesh becomes a fire that can’t be quenched (Proverbs 26.20). We will stress ourselves out overthinking about people and situations, and our hearts will be robbed of satisfaction. When fill the atmosphere with negative words, we become the person speaking out of turn in the courtroom who will eventually be removed. When we choose to speak wise words, our words will be heard by the Judge Whose verdict is final.
“Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction” (Proverbs 18.20 NLT).
Blessing 6: We will have peace.
No money in the world can buy true peace. Peace comes to us each day because we replace negative words with wise words. Our words can free us or enslave us. When we choose to speak words of the spirit, we surround ourselves, our homes and our relationships with God’s unending peace. How simple it is to have peace. All we need to do is learn to speak wise words.
“He who watches over his mouth and his tongue keeps his soul from troubles” (Proverbs 21.23 NLV).
Blessing 7: We will have life.
The Bible says that the power of life and death is in our words. This realization should make us only want to speak life. When we speak wise words, we are literally pouring life onto us and those around us. We can reap fruits of blessings or curses. The choice is ours, and all we have to do is use our tongue to speak words of the spirit.
“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences” (Proverbs 18.21 NLT).
How Can We Start Using Wise Words?
When we see something we don’t like in someone, we should first go to God in prayer. We can pray for that person and the situation and ask God for clarity. That way we will have stopped ourselves from speaking words in the flesh, and we won’t reap the negative fruit they produce. Before we speak to anyone else about our thoughts, we should always turn to God first. The Holy Spirit will convict us if we are showing judgment instead of mercy.
If there is a person or situation that is truly unfair, God is our judge! He is our Redeemer and our Counselor. We can tattle on others to God, and trust that He will accomplish both His justice and mercy in us and others. When we realize that we have been saved from a life separated from God because of the mercy of Jesus on the cross, it will be easier for us to offer mercy to others. So before speak, let us choose wise words!
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