Sons and daughters, come and listen and let me teach you the importance of trusting and fearing the Lord. Do you want a long, good life? Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from lying. Turn from all known sin and spend your time in doing good. Try to live at peace with everyone; work hard at it. — Psalms 34:11
Some people like to make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise soothe and heal. — Proverbs 12:18
Gentle words cause life and health, griping brings discouragement. — Proverbs 15:4
The tongue can be a hateful weapon that cuts to the bone. God is telling us that words hurt; speak gently and lift yourself and others up for healing. Words are powerful. Words create. God spoke and the whole universe was created. (John 1:1). What you speak today will come back to you. It is the law of sowing and reaping. God created the world with certain laws. We all know that gravity is a universal law. Sowing and reaping is a universal law. It doesn’t matter who you are, the law of sowing and reaping applies to everyone, just as gravity applies to everyone. You are the sum total of your spoken words up to this point in your life. If you want to change something in your life speak words to create that change. Think about that for a moment.
The Bible says when we die and meet Christ for judgment, we will be held accountable for every idle word we have spoken. (Matthew 12:36) Previously, we have looked at what the Bible says about how our thoughts are affecting our health; now the scriptures say it is even more important to understand our words are creating life. That includes even those words we say in jest. Watch every word you speak and listen to what you are actually saying. If we speak good words of a gentle spirit it delivers health and life. If we speak curses with cruelty and hatefulness we are creating sickness and death. Griping, complaining, cutting and hateful words, and cursing are all cited in the Bible as causing illness, sickness and an early death.
It all began with cleaning our thoughts, making them pure and acceptable to God. Now consider that the words you speak are creating the havoc in your life and health. Think about what you are saying to others, and think about what you are saying to yourself; then think about what you are saying about yourself. For example, when we say things like, “I don’t think I’ll ever get better.” “Cancer runs in my family. I will probably die of it,” we are affirming that is what will happen to us. Words are self fulfilling. Many times we say something unconsciously without thinking it is negatively affecting our lives. “Give me a break.” “You make me sick.” “You are a pain in the neck.” They seem so harmless and we often say them and laugh, but they do affect our health. I don’t think there is anyone who is not guilty of this, but when seeking God’s healing grace, we must become aware of everything that could be causing illness according to what the scripture tells us.
Here we are told you live and die by your words. (Proverbs 18:21) Become very conscious of your words and you will start noticing things you say automatically that can cause sickness in your body and mind. When you notice you have said negative self-fulfilling words, cancel them immediately and speak positive words to replace those negative ones. I will discuss in a later blog how to speak health over your body.