Confessions of a Pastors Wife~ Oh! My Words!
"Fast your words", he said...
"It's not THAT big a deal", he said...
When your husband challenges you to fast your words do you take him up on it or ignore him?
Of course I took him up on it! WHAT WAS I THINKING???
Over the last couple weeks I've learned some things about myself I do.not.like.
Muh Mouth! It gets me in trouble like all the time. The "funny" words, the scarsasm and the "jokin". Well it got real; the Holy Spirit revealed my words have wounded others when I disregarded caution. He brought me to this passage:
May the words of my mouth
and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing to You,
O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
Psalm 19:14 (NLT)
What's "coarse jesting" anyway? IDK but I found James 3:1-12...
*Something about a horse being controlled by a small bit in its mouth and a huge ship being guided through the fiercest of winds and turned about by a small rudder thingamagig. While one word out of my non-filtered pie-hole (mouth) can accomplish nearly anything awesome or completely destroy it.
The passage from James continues on: a small spark can kindle a huge destructive forest fire, just as my careless words can send the whole thing up in smoke and that's from the pit of hell!
Wow! Just Wow!
What about taming a tiger? yet a tongue can't be tamed? yikes! James has the audacity to elaborate. He says my mouth yields curses and blessings which is gross!
How then is it even possible for a spring to produce refreshing water one day and swamp water the next day? Hello? I'm so busted... I'll parallel the fruit tree on our farm: apple trees give us apples not pears. The pecan trees produce pecans not walnuts. The fig trees certainly do not bear strawberries!
BTW you don't have to be my "word patrol", the Holy Spirit is repairing the hole in my filter. #praise
Sharing some of my go to passages, get you a big ole bite:
“Hear and understand: it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” (Matthew 15:11 NLT)
Psalm 141:3 Take control of what I say, O Lord,and guard my lips.
Ephesians 4:29 ESV Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Colossians 4:6 (ESV) Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
*James 3:10-12 revised from my perspective for my benefit