14 Jun Why What We Say Should Matter To Us
My husband and I were in a discussion with about five young people about how our words were seeds that would produce harvests for us in this life and the life to come. We continued discussing on the power of our tongues and our words. We all agreed that it was not healthy for us to speak negative words because our words frame our future and entire life.
One young man asked a question;
“If I use a word that means bad but in my heart I don’t mean bad and the person I am talking to understands that, will God disapprove?”
This singular question turned the whole discussion around…
He answered the question by opining that he does not believe God to be so mean as to know he didn’t mean the word in the bad, evil, or negative sense and still punish him for it.
He believes, he continued, that people should view the word in the context which he means it, not in their own judgement.
Eighty percent of them agreed with him.
We attempted to point them to the word of God and let them know we should not use words carelessly, but they threw in their strong reasons why it is not wrong to use ‘bad’ words as long as we don’t mean them in a ‘bad’ sense.
They said some of the words that were considered ‘evil’ in the past are no longer bad words.
One example of such words they suggested was ‘kill or killing’. One of them gave and an example of how he could use the word ‘killing’ to mean a good thing. He said if, for instance, he said something like, “This laughter is killing me.” the person or persons he is talking to knows he is neither dying nor wants to die. He said God knows his heart and what he means by the word “killing” in that instance.
After we looked in the dictionary, we saw that killing could mean ‘bring an end to’, he said the word in the context he used it could mean that the laughter is bringing an end to his misery.
I went to the dictionary and saw that the word also means ‘highly amusing’.
Another word that came up was ‘mad’
They said in their generation, they used mad to describe a person or thing that was awesome. For instance, “That actor is mad!” or “That car is mad!”Do you find this odd?
I had a similar but much more intense experience the very next day.
The Second Experience
It was a warm evening in Windsor and most people at the organization where I volunteer were not excited about it; I was. After my first life encounter with snow last winter, the first encounter beyond my Christmas movie experiences, I welcomed the warmth with gladness. So, suffice it to say, I was having a great day… but there was a twist that sobered the day quite a bit for me.
We were in bible study and over three quarters of the people present were youths. We were discussing on the anti-christ and how he is making his entrance in subtle ways. The pastor handling the session mentioned how times are changing and the world is beginning to welcome thoughts and practices that were not acceptable in the past. She talked about how morals are declining and all over the world governments and nations are beginning to sign into law things that go completely contrary to God’s moral standards. She mentioned that even some believers are being deceived into thinking it is alright.
I knew then that I had to bring up the issue of the day before, and when I did, the revelation was disturbing. A great number of the youth in the room had the same opinion like the youth we had discussed with the day before. I mean it when I say that I found this very disturbing.
Let me make a list of their arguments as to why using bad or negative words don’t count as long as you take them to mean ‘good’. I followed each with my thoughts on the argument.
- That is the way this generation communicates.
Saying ‘awesome’ is old fashioned, so instead of saying, for instance, that a car is awesome, they would rather say a car is ‘mad’.
My thoughts; there are several words in the dictionary that we can use to replace ‘awesome’, words that are healthy and life giving instead of ‘mad’.
- They had to code their language if they wanted to speak to someone in a public place about something secret.
My thoughts; we can code communication using good and healthy words rather than negative and destructive words.
- So many words have taken on different meanings and words that might have meant bad in the past could also mean good now.
For instance Killing also means highly amusing.
Adultery is no longer wrong, it is now just a normal affair by two consenting adults.Dope is also great substitute for very good.
‘Mad’ can now be used instead of great, awesome or beautiful. Click To Tweet
My thoughts; if I have a choice of words to convey a particular message, I would choose the positive words. Plus, I am beginning to think we should stick with the bible meaning of words rather than depend on world dictionaries that are updated based on the number of times it is used rather than the original meaning of the word.
God’s word is very stable, it cannot change, not even if heaven and earth passes away. Since we believe it is Truth, it would be best to communicate based on God’s word and language, after all, he created language.
- It does not matter what words you speak as long as God knows how you mean it and the person you are talking to understands you. As long as you speak the word without meaning the actual meaning, it is okay.
My thoughts; Besides God, the angels, and the person we speak to, the devil and his demons are listening too. And since we know the devil hates us beyond words can describe, he, with his angels can take the words we speak and use them against us if the are negative and destructive, even if we do not mean them.
When we give the enemy room to work against us, God and His angels can do nothing because we gave the enemy the opportunity and authority by speaking words he can work with.
The Smaller Percentage Of Young Believers.
- I must admit that I was somewhat relieved to see that some of them thought differently even though it was a highly small percentage. I will list their thoughts below;
- There are countless people whose words have caught up with them and ruined or nearly ruined their lives unless they changed their language.
- When we speak such curse words, negative or bad words we give the enemy tools to work against us with.God is interested in our language because He has said our words will either justify or condemn us.
- One said to us that he has noticed in his own life that when he speaks such words, negative things begin to occur in his life.
I wish I had taken notes, at this point, I was a bit unsettled. This group had quite some insight on how to use words according to God’s desire and direction.
God’s Mind On Our Words.
In summary, I know, from God’s word that He wants us to be careful and deliberate about our choice of words. He said so much on this topic in His word that we cannot miss it if we study His word and take it to heart.
Below are some of these bible verses:
A man’s stomach shall be satisfied from the fruit of his mouth; from the produce of his lips he shall be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:20-21 NKJV
But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Matthew 12:36-37 NKJV
Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.
Matthew 15:11 NKJV
Whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech. 1 Peter 3:10
Let there be no filthiness and silly talk, or coarse [obscene or vulgar] joking, because such things are not appropriate [for believers]; but instead speak of your thankfulness [to God]. Ephesians 5:4 AMP
If anyone thinks himself to be religious [scrupulously observant of the rituals of his faith], and does not control his tongue but deludes his own heart, this person’s religion is worthless (futile, barren).
James 1:26 AMP
He who guards his mouth and his tongue guards himself from troubles. Proverbs 21:23 AMP
If we believe in God and His word, if we consider His word as our manual for living, if we consider God’s word as the final authority, we would carefully consider our choice of words, we would be mindful of what we say.
How To Speak Right?
Our words flow from our hearts, so the only way to speak the right kinds of words in the right kinds of ways is to put the right words in our hearts.
A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:45 NKJV
God’s word is the source of right words. The word of God contains all the guide we need. God’s word will rid our hearts of the careless and negative words, give us the wisdom we need to restructure our vocabulary while enriching our hearts with life producing and life giving words.
We must constantly read, study, meditate on and speak the word of God back to ourselves so that we can begin and continue speaking in a manner that pleases God and disarms the enemy.
Secondly, we must refuse to allow the world to negatively influence our vocabulary. We are light to shine in darkness, we must refuse to put out our light to blend in with darkness.
We must refuse to put out our light to blend in with darkness. Click To Tweet
And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you]. Romans 12:1-2 AMP
I am hoping that someone in doubt will be convinced by God’s word that we should not joke around with the words that we speak, because if our words matter to God so that He ave clear instructions, our words should matter to us. We must always remember that death and life are in our words. Proverbs 18:21
Do you think our words matter?
What do you do to make sure you speak the right kinds of words?
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David BetterPosted at 04:25h, 19 June
Very interesting discussion!
I can’t offer Scriptural or spiritual comment (I’m only a beginner) but here are a couple of ideas about slang.
1. As some of the young people suggest, choosing a word like “mad” over “awesome” is a matter of fashion. So, arguments against following fashion blindly might apply. By choosing one garment instead of another you are — whether you like it or not, whether you’re aware of it or not — aligning yourself (to some extent) with certain social cliques and against others. Treating yourself in this way might have other effects in the way you think of yourself, and the activities you get yourself into.
At the same time, most of us are limited to clothes that are in the shops, and a young person might not want to sound like a priest or a cop all the time.
2. The YPs’ description is that they have a thought and, when they speak, they choose a word for the thought. I don’t think it’s like that: I don’t think choosing a word for a thought when we speak is like putting on a coat when we go out. Choosing the right word clarifies and changes the thought. Sometimes choosing the right word and deciding what we think are the same thing. The problem with slang here is that most of the “meaning” of slang is in its fashion or clique connotations. Saying “this is mad” is like saying “this is good [in some vague way] and I am a member of /this/ clique”. The speaker’s thoughts remain vague or worse — influenced quietly and even dependent on the external connotations of the slang.
Personally I think slang is like junk food: there’s nothing wrong with the occasional Big Mac, but it creates its own cravings, and a regular diet of the stuff will make you very ill very quickly. Slang is junk food for the mind.
I do think our words matter, and our choice of words is part of how we think. I try and read a lot, and broadly (meaning actual books rather than magazines or social media).
Ugochi OritsejolomisanPosted at 18:33h, 20 June
“At the same time, most of us are limited to clothes that are in the shops, and a young person might not want to sound like a priest or a cop all the time.”
While I do not agree that we do not have to talk in priestly or “coply” terms all the time, I still maintain that we should speak words that reflect God and all that He stands for all the time.
“Personally I think slang is like junk food: there’s nothing wrong with the occasional Big Mac, but it creates its own cravings, and a regular diet of the stuff will make you very ill very quickly. Slang is junk food for the mind.”
Great thoughts bro! God bless you for these thoughts you have shared here.
Have a super blessed day!