As I examine myself during these 40 days, I find I am guilty of failing to consider the outcome of my spoken word. Words, comments and statements have flown out of my mouth with no consideration of the impact of what I have just put into motion and the effect it will have on me and those around me.
I find myself in need of repenting as I reflect upon my spoken words and the damaging outcome I create with my mouth.
“Your tongue has the power of life and death.
Those who love to talk will eat the fruit of their words.”
What? Eat the fruit of my words?
Numbers chapter 22 tells me the story of Balak and Balaam. Wasn’t Balak wanting words spoken that would cause destruction over the nation of Israel?
Matthew 4 tells me the story of the Master being tempted. Wasn’t the enemy wanting words spoken that would cause destruction to The Kingdom of YHWH?
I have been created in the image of my Creator with the amazing ability to speak.
May I be ever so mindful of the words I speak over my family and those around me. May the power of my tongue create life. May the fruit of my words produce love, joy, peace, patience, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
“Lord, may these words of my mouth please you. And may these thoughts of my heart please you also. You are my Rock and my Redeemer.”
YHWH, I repent before you for words I have spoken that have brought destruction to me and to those around me. Forgive me, create in me a clean heart, I choose to turn from using words that cause separation from life.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me, And I will offer in His tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the LORD. AMEIN
What happens when someone you have trusted, perhaps thought of as a mentor, does something that hurts you? It will cause confusion and sadness, possibly anger and bitterness. We must trust Almighty God, and we must understand the frailty of our brethren. We must avoid gossip and lashon hara – speaking unkindly of others.
“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.”
(Ephesians 4:31-32, NKJV)
Importantly, lashon hara is not slander; it is not telling lies about someone. Lashon hara is speaking truth about someone in a hurtful, derogatory way. It is the worst kind of gossip.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”
(Psalm 51:10, CJB)