We live in a society where we are quick to speak our opinions and slow to listen to others. We are taught to worship our individuality and personal views on the world to almost an idolatrous degree. This is the opposite of what the Bible teaches. God’s Word tells us to be quick to listen and slow to speak. The reason for this is because there is great power in our words. It is the power to either build someone up or tear them down.
Proverbs 12:18 reads, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” (NIV). We need to evaluate ourselves and ask ourselves the question, “are the words I’m speaking to those in my life, building them up or tearing them down?” So many relationships are fractured and broken because of careless words. It’s a tragedy because it is entirely avoidable. If we never say those words, but speak empowering words instead, our relationships could thrive. This mindset is how we are meant to speak to one another.
Pray and ask that God remove the urge within yourself to be quick to be self-defensive. A self-defensive attitude shows that pride is taking over, and it will quickly turn a conversation into a conflict. We must approach every interaction we have with others with a spirit of humbleness and love. This mindset is the way that God desires for us to interact with others.
God’s Word is powerful enough to shape the world. He too gives us great power through our worlds. God entrusts us with great responsibility. How are you going to choose to use it?