Sometimes our tongues get us in trouble, and I’m sure you’ve probably experienced that. I wanted to speak today about the power of our tongues. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” And James 3:10 says, “From the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
When I was growing up and in my home, I wasn’t aware of it at the time, but I became aware when I was a young adult, that we walked as a family in strong sarcasm. A friend of mine in my freshman year of college, looked at me one day and said, “You have one of the most sarcastic tongues I have ever heard,” and I was cut to the quick. And from that point on, I began to purpose I will not be sarcastic. And then in family gatherings, I started listening to the atmosphere and realized he was completely right. So our tongues can cut people down. That’s what sarcasm is. It’s a cutting of someone. It’s almost like a spiritual knife to put them down or insult them. And it’s not the heart of the Lord. The heart of the Lord is to bless. Jesus said, “Even don’t curse your enemies, but bless them and pray for those who spitefully use you.” That’s not easy, but that is the Kingdom design; that our tongues are used for life. And we speak life.
One way we can handle when we feel we’ve been treated unjustly, when we feel we have been used or maligned, or someone has sinned against us, the way we deal with that, is not to go to others and curse them, or not curse them to our spouses or, or even to God, but to come to God in forgiveness. And yes, deep forgiveness. Sometimes we’ve really been hurt. So we need to express God, “I forgive so-and-so, that they used me, that they were using me for their gain, that they were greedy, that they were idolatrous, that they had their own agenda.” Whatever it is, we come to God in forgiveness and we acknowledge our emotional pain in that place, and then we forgive. We release them before the throne of God, the throne of mercy. And then, once we’ve taken time to forgive everything that God reveals, then we bless. And that’s how the pain of people’s words and harm and actions against us is released from our hearts. Not through cursing, even with leaders, yes, leaders can hurt us. So we forgive in the secret place. And then we bless.
We are meant to bless and pray even for our kings and our leaders and our presidents. So, I want to encourage you not to allow your tongue to be used to bring death, but to use your tongue and to let the Holy Spirit convict you of times when you’re tempted to go there. We all have those temptations, but to choose instead, to run to God and say, “God, this really hurt.” And to pour it out before Him, and then speak blessing to the Lord over their lives, and in the public place to speak life over people and over situations and not to curse and not speak death.
Let me pray for you. God, I pray for this one, if they’ve experienced deep hurt from someone else, that you would enable them to deeply forgive, that you would help them. Holy spirit, come, come close, come around them and enable them to deeply forgive. And I ask you Lord, that you would enable them to speak life and to be an instrument of releasing life all around them, to the others that they interact with. I pray blessing over this one who’s hearing these words, courage and strength in your name, Jesus. Amen.
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