This is a public service announcement to those who would call themselves Christians, that when you speak to someone, you would consider whether God has given you permission to say what is exiting your mouth.
A believer must understand that there is power in the tongue. It may be used to edify or destroy. It may be used to seduce or restore. It may be filled with deadly poison or sweet like honey.
How does one feel after speaking with you? Edified or torn down? Now rebuke for the moment is not pleasant, but to the ears of the wise its edification. I recall many years ago, I was spending time with a gentleman who called himself a Christian, but had no visible evidence and all I would do with this person is play video games.
I had recently come to Christ and God had stripped me from every other friend, but this guy or so I thought. Every time I would go into his dormitory room my heart would almost literally beat outside of my chest. I remember telling God that I was lonely. He did not care. He wanted me to stop hanging out with this guy.
I withstood my first position and continued. My heart would beat as if I was running, while I was in his room playing video games. It was not until I was in a prayer circle with a group of guys from church, that one guy stopped the prayer and told me exactly what I had been doing and that if I did not stop, I would be very displeased with what God is going to do next. I cried and repented. Never again did I speak or play video games with that guy. He would come to the room and I would not answer. I would see him in the stairwell and I would literally run back into my room. Scriptural reference/wisdom for those not familiar with the Bible is 1 Corinthians 5:11.
My walk with Jesus accelerated like you would not believe. I would enter rooms and people would say God has just entered the room. It was powerful. Disobedience hinders a Christian’s power like you would not believe. Godly words mixed with obedience is powerful.
The next time you speak to someone, understand they have been seasoned with lies already. They don’t need anymore. If negativity is going to exit your mouth or something of the appearance of negativity it better be from God or else let your words be placed on you and with the same measure that you use, may it be measured to you again.
All liars shall have their part in the lake, which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death (Revelation 21:8).