"The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself." James 3:5-6
"You brood of snakes. How could evil men like you speak what is good and right? For whatever is in your heart determines what you say. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart; an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. And I tell you this; you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you." Matthew 12:34-37
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you." Psalm 19:14
"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." Proverbs 18:21
Words are powerful. It has been said that words are so powerful that silence is sometimes the wisest action. Society in our world has taught us many sayings, cliches, and cute sayings. We repeat them often and are fully convinced they have no effect. They are just cute or funny. We all laugh and continue on with our lives. Where do these words come from?
Words are simply ideas or thoughts that are expressed in songs, books, on television, in movies, at church, from our friends, our family, and from many, many other sources. Have you ever caught yourself singing a song and suddenly become aware of the words you are saying and almost gasped at what you are saying?
I have long enjoyed Huey Lewis and the News' Working for a Living, and Chris Kristofferson's For the Good times and many others and when I discovered what I was saying I could not believe it. Listen to these.
And many church songs are not different either. "Just a few more weary days and then, my escape plan will kick in and I will fly away." "Lord build me a little cabin in the corner of glory land." Are those the ideas and thoughts of Jesus our King? Is that what His Word, our Constitution tells us? Are words important?
Are they just words?
Next week, we will continue exploring the importance of speaking, singing, and confessing words of truth and faith in Part Two of this series.