Updated: Dec 8, 2022
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In here? <Laugh>. Okay. Okay. Right. Let's take a look at it, Okay. Okay. So this one is someone who wanted to have you talk about the importance of our words.
Oh, okay. The importance of our words. Well, the Bible clearly says that life and death is in the power of the tongue. You know we are in greater or lesser degree products of our profession and confession that can be taken to extremes as anything can. But I think our words are critical. In fact, the Bible talks in relationship to God himself. The scriptures say that he magnifies his word above his name. Hmm. So if you think about it in that context your name is validated based on how you perform according to your word. Sure. Yeah. So if we don't do well with our word, if our word doesn't mean anything, then our name is mud, if our word is meaningful, if we make a promise and we fulfill it. If you hear any language like that.
If he told you "do it", you do it. Yeah. then you're elevating your name. So in that context, you know, God has clearly magnified his word above his name, because he understands that his name is predicated on his word. Mm. So, I think it's always important to understand that there are several ways we can relate to it. The first one is being people of our word. So it's relationship to promise, it's relationship to commitment to what we you know, let our yes. Be yes. Our no be no. Right. Yeah. The idea are we people of our word mm-hmm, does it, does it matter? Or are we one of those people that when people relate to us, they don't have high regard for what we say, because our word doesn't mean that much, because we don't handle it as precious.
Right. Or significant or valuable. We don't understand that our reputation is connected to our word. And so that's one way of relating to our, to our word. The second way of relating to our words is framing life and death in our words. So is the language that comes out of our mouth. The Bible says, outta the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. So is what's coming out of our mouth is a reflection of what is in our heart and what is in our mind. So, to say, say something and say, Oh, I didn't mean that. Or to say something that's wounding and say, Well, I hope you didn't take that wrong is a little disingenuous. So it, I realize that that does happen in innocent ways. Sure. Yeah. Yeah. But it's really important to, the Bible says, guard your heart with all diligence because out of it proceeds the issues of life.
Right. So, how do I know what's preceding outta my heart? Well, the faucet for my heart is my mouth. Yeah. Yeah. So whatever I turn, whatever my words turn on is what is in my heart. So my words then become a magnifying glass, a window into what's in my heart. Yeah, definitely. So am I a man of faith? Am I a man of doubt? Am I a man of fear? Am I a man of encouragement and confidence? Am I a man that's thankful? Am I a man that's critical? And this is all related? How do I know that? How do I know that? I only know that by your words. Sure. Yeah. So, once again life and death is in them. So you wanna speak life, you wanna speak blessing. The Bible says, Bless and curse not.
So the idea is to be intentional with your words. So there's, there's this idea that if I'm free with my language just not having to be thoughtful with it, in other words, it's, it's authentic. It's not, you know, I'm not going through a bunch of mental gymnastics as I'm communicating. Sure, Yeah. Then it's more genuine and I think that that's true. But sometimes when you listen to what you say, you might actually be appalled with what you say. Yeah, sure. Because we always judge ourselves by our intentions, and we always judge others by their actions. Yep. Right. And so it's really important that we listen to what we say, that we try to frame a world our world by our words mm-hmm. And so it will, it will influence our cultures, our home, our workplace.
Sure. Our school, wherever it's at, it'll influence our culture, and the way we talk. It'll influence our own attitudes. It will make us either receptive or reticent of receiving correction instruction, edification, exhortation, and comfort. And oftentimes our words will set that stuff up so it becomes really important. So it's a window, but it's also, a seed mm-hmm. Where it invites specific kinds of growth. Yeah. So if all you're hearing from me is negative, and you'll never, and I'll never, and Right. We'll, never, then what happens is it begins to sew that kind of scene. For sure. Yeah. In your, in your world. And the next thing you know Yeah. You, you've, you've framed your world by your words. Yeah. So it's really important, scripturally, I think think the word emphasizes it dynamically. Yeah. And I think it's important that we are thoughtful Yeah.
And that we are specific in the way we talk and the words that we use and how we use them. And because that will, it will create a better quality of life Sure. For us, it'll reflect the goodness and glory of God too. So, Yeah. I think it's, you know, let the high praises of God be in their mouth mm-hmm. Right. And the two edges sword in their hands, I will praise the Lord, Bless the Lord at all times, his praise will continually be in my mouth. Yeah. Right. So it's this idea that I wanna film my mouth wants to be filled with praise, edification, exertion, and comfort. Yeah. Yeah. And we can strive for that in our language, we'll become that in our person.
It's a way of kind of molding our interior, man.
So you think that's how it happens? You've fixed the way you speak, you, you pay attention to the way you speak, and then well...