Words

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

I grew up believing that lie. Now as an adult, I still suffer the consequences of that deception.

Words can break the spirit. Words can wound. Words can kill.

Words can build up. Words can heal. Words can give life.

Pro 18:21

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

It is very important that we learn to think about and listen to what we are saying.

Gracie and I are in a tremendous battle to gain healing from a fight we had yesterday. Words were part of the cause for the pain we both experienced.

So, this morning, on the way to church, I had a good example of how important it is for me to guard my speech and to choose the right words.

I went out to the car ahead of her, and decided to let her drive. So, I got in on the passenger side. The car was running when she came down the stairs. Since she was in heels, she was carefully watching where she was going, walking with that beautiful grace she has. She was coming to the passenger side when I called out, “Wrong side.”

Then I got to thinking about that, and broached the subject with her as we were driving along. I asked if she had felt ‘corrected’ by my statement of “wrong side.” She said no. But, can you agree with me that “Other side” might have been more appropriate? “Wrong” is a negative, corrective term. And even though I had no intention of correcting anything, it could have been perceived that way. Fortunately for us, since we are both very tender right now, she did not receive it that way.

Is this being too picky? Do I have to be concerned about every single little word and nuance before I speak?

For me, the answer is YES.

Jesus said, “The words that I speak are spirit and life.” (John 6:63)

Luk 6:40

“A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.”

It is my desire to be like the master to whom I am discipled.

His Word is My Word

2 Sa 23:2  “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.”    NKJV

This is the beginning of the last recorded words of King David as found in the second book of Samuel. We all know that David was used of the Lord to speak His word to his generation and recorded so that all generations to follow would have that word.

How is this great king, from whom the promised messiah would come different from the rest of us?

His acts and his words are recorded in the Bible, and I doubt that any of my words or acts will ever be found there. In every other way, we are the same. Our level of passion may differ, but David was truly human.

His acts–the good, the bad, and the ugly are recorded. His words–of praise, of provocation, of depression, of exultation are recorded.

These are recorded for our learning and admonition (warning), and we are to learn how we are to walk with God by the example of others who have gone before us.

There is something powerful to consider in the verse before us.

Without adding to or taking away from the Word, and without claiming any special extra-biblical revelation, can we not say the same as David? Should we not be able to?

We have each been given the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. Each of us is in a different place in our walk with the Lord. Each of us requires different truth at different times for different reasons.

Sometimes, that word of direction comes from a different member of the Body.

Here is where it gets sticky and dangerous. (Some of you reading this are probably already forming your words of warning and correction. Put your sword away. I’m not going there. 🙂 )

It is not necessary, nor advisable to say, “The Lord told me to tell you…” It is equally unnecessary to say, “Thus saith the Lord…”

Those phrases have been used to misguide and entrap saints by well-intentioned believers and by deceitful false shepherds.

No. We should simply deliver that which the Spirit of God places upon our heart and let it go at that. If it is the word for that person in that hour, their spirit will witness to it as being of the Lord. That is all that is necessary.

But, we should be able to know–and at least say within ourselves–The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, and His word was on my tongue.

Jesus said that we are to do the works that He did and even greater. (Jn. 14:12)

He also said that His words were spirit and life, and that He only spoke what the Father gave Him (John 6:63; 14:10)

Part of becoming conformed to His image (Rom. 8:29) is being able to hear and speak what the Father says; to do only what we see the Father do.

And in that place, we, like David, will say, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke by me, And His word was on my tongue.”