“The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life” (John 6:63)
When I was a child my mom taught us to measure our words. During arguments and disagreements with my siblings Mom would say to us, “Remember “A soft answer turns away wrath”. (Proverbs 15:1) She was teaching us to measure our words because our words either produced further trouble or brought peace.
In the same or similar manner our life is a measure of the words we use. By our words we either draw people to us or by our words we drive them away. Once we become a committed follower of Jesus our life’s purpose and worldview changes. Our life goal is to “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.” (Col 3:1)
Oswald Chambers put it best when he said, “We are not saved only to be instruments for God, but to be His sons and daughters. He does not turn us into spiritual agents but into spiritual messengers, and the message must be a part of us.“(My Utmost for His Highest Devotional, Day 29)
As followers of Jesus we become the mouthpiece, and to some extent, the face of God. We are an extension of His life. That’s the reason that we are indwelt by the Holy Spirit at salvation. We then are subsequently filled with the Holy Spirit as we live, serve and follow God’s will. To those we come in contact with, we are the voice of God. We no longer have the permission to “speak our mind’ without measuring our words. We can either speaks words that give life or words that quench the spirit of God. Our words can either reveal the nature of God or reveal the nature of the flesh.
We are living in a time of stress and conflict. The daily news channels reveal stress in every area of our culture. The only voice that can bring healing and resolve conflict is the voice of God. If there was ever a time that our country is poised to hear truth it is now.
The words that Jesus spoke were “life and Spirit”. When we are walking in Christ our words can also become “life and Spirit”. As we fully surrender our life to His will we will be surprised how often our words become “light and salt” to a needy soul. Learn to measure your words by allowing the Holy Spirit to be your daily word sensor – then you will be sure to always say the right words that will bring comfort, wisdom and healing.