Written by Lorrene Mcclymont on May 22, 2019
Recently something that God has really been challenging me about is speaking life. We can not only speak life, but we can also speak death. Proverbs 18:21 says that the tongue has the power of life and death.
What Are You Thinking?
Do any of these phrases sound familiar? I will never get that promotion; everything I do fails, I can’t believe that I did that again, I’m useless. My husband is so lazy, he didn’t take the bin out. We are hopeless with money, I yelled at my kids again, I am the worst mother. I could never do that; I’m not good enough. He’s an idiot, I’m not worth anything anyway, and the list goes on. Are any of those phrases on repeat in your head? Do they line up with the truth of what God says about you? We often have to deal with the negative tape playing in our mind before we can address what we are actually saying.
Our Words Have Power
I don’t believe it is a coincidence that so many of the miracles of Jesus involve the spoken word. From the Healing of Simon, Peter’s Mother in Law in Luke 4: 38-39 (Jesus rebuked the fever) to Calming the stormy sea (Jesus rebukes the wind and the waves) in Matthew 8:23-27, to Raising a widow’s son (Jesus tells the dead man to get up) in Luke 7:11-17, to Jairus’s daughter (Jesus tells the girl to get up) in Mark 5: 35-42. Jesus was perfectly capable of waving a hand or blinking an eye and achieving the same result. There is incredible power and authority what we speak out loud.
James 3, in particular, has a lot to say about the tongue. In James 3:6 it says, “The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the course of one’s life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell.” I don’t know about you, but that makes me think about how much power our words have.
Imagine the difference it would make in our daily lives if our default were to extend grace to ourselves. What about if instead of noticing the negatives and complaining about them, instead we celebrated the positives in our lives. My life is not perfect; it is messy, flawed, and complex. It is also pretty amazing, and there is so much more positive than negative if I look for it.
We have a Choice in What We Speak
Something that has really helped me is to write a couple of post-it notes out and stick them somewhere visible. They say Speak Life. That is a daily reminder to me to think about what I am saying instead of defaulting to old comfortable patterns; we have a choice every single day. My circumstances are sometimes out of my control, but I can choose what I say about them out loud. I can decide to try to respond differently.
Lorrene McClymont is a photographer and writer living in Adelaide, South Australia. She writes faith based blogs under the Essential Hope banner. All images can be purchased through the Hope Images Website