Posted by: jcwillyams | November 22, 2009

The Effects of Opening Your Mouth

The power of the spoken word is unmistakable.  In it we can hear people’s thoughts.  It gives us a glimpse into the complex process of their mind.  The mind is a powerful tool – a vast expanse – and a dangerous weapon.  The mind can fool us.  The mind can fight against itself.  Being exposed to someone’s inner battle…that can be scary.
Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what battle is occuring inside someone that that single word can cut so deeply.  Sometimes I can’t help but wonder what grace is occuring inside that that single word can fly so high.
I just wanted to take a moment to reflect for myself on the importance of speaking with a quiet mind – or a grace filled mind.  Speaking while an internal battle is raging…it is dangerous, even when saying something nice, it can twist and decay on the way.

“He who guards his lips guards his life,
but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.”   |   Proverbs 13:2-4

It kind of makes me think of the familiar saying, “if you don’t have anything nice to say don’t say anything at all.” Though maybe it should be tweaked…”if you’re not thinking of anything nice, don’t say anything at all”

I think in the end it is a reflection of our relationship and time with God.  If we are meditating on His word.  If we are allowing Him to live within us, our thoughts will be full of His Grace.

“…For in him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge—”- 1 Corinthians 1:4-5

It might not be a perfect concept…but it’s something to think about.

 

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