For he who would love life and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips from speaking deceit. Let him turn away from evil and do good; let him seek peace and pursue it.
1 Peter 3:10-11 (NKJV)
Our words play such a crucial role when it comes to seeking peace in our daily life. The Bible tells us that if we want to love life and see good days, we cannot speak words of evil or deceit. Our words reflect what is in our heart, and so as we deliberately fill our hearts with God’s Word, as we allow the love of Jesus to saturate us, we will find our words naturally coming into alignment with life and peace. Today, let us be mindful of this tremendous power that lies in our tongue, and let us purpose in our hearts to only speak words of life.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.
Ephesians 4:15 (NLT)
Our words should reflect the truth of God’s Word as well as His love. Our words point to what is in our hearts, and the more that our words line up with God’s Word, which is His revelation of His love for us, the more are we growing and maturing on our path of reflecting the image of Jesus. Let us pray therefore that we may be aligned with the heart of God, which is found in His Word and embodied in Christ Jesus—the Word made flesh.
And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
Luke 10:5-6 (KJV)
We are called to be the very messengers and instruments of the peace of God. Before getting together for meetings or heading to our place of employment, let us take the time to speak peace over the people, the places, the circumstances and conditions we may encounter. If people are open to peace, peace will abide. Yet if not, we will find that by simply having the peace of God in our own hearts, we ourselves will be at peace regardless of the environment or conditions we may find ourselves in.
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Ephesians 4:29 (KJV)
We are called to always be gracious in our words towards ourselves and others. Rather than speaking words of criticism, judgement and condemnation, the Bible urges us to minister grace unto the hearers. Realizing how much God has given us in Christ, our hearts filled with His love, may our words reflect the grace we have received in our day to day interactions. Let us look for opportunities to build others up through our words, and let us look for the good in others and speak it over them. Our words are powerful. Let’s be sure to use them wisely.