Talk is Not Cheap

Cathy Hurtado

"Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit, you choose."  Proverbs 18:21

Talk is not cheap.  A careless or unrestrained word can cost one their job, their marriage, their friendships, even their life.  On the other hand, a word spoken at the right time can bring healing, hope, and even life to an unsaved soul.

Bringing our words under the control of the Spirit so that they can be used for God’s purposes is a challenge, especially for those of us who talk a lot.  Just the other day I was other running up a flight of stairs when the memory of a woman who stole something from me popped into my head.  From somewhere deep inside of me came the word, “creep.”  As quickly as it popped into my head and out my mouth, the Holy Spirit checked it, reminding me that Christ died for that woman.

Obviously my heart was still stinging from the incident even though it happened months ago.  How do I know? Luke 6:45 says, “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart.  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.”  You see, my speech problem indicated that I have a heart problem.  That’s why I need the Holy Spirit’s help to show me when my thoughts and emotions don’t align with the Scriptures.  My heart needs to be continually transformed by the Word of God in order for me to bring good things out of it for His purposes.

Jesus, in Matthew 9:12-13, told the Pharisees who were upset that He was eating with tax-collectors and sinners, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’  For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”  I was focusing on me and the loss rather than that person’s need for a Savior.  My prayer for you and for me is that we would have a heart like Jesus so that we can demonstrate compassion like Jesus.  My prayer is that we would choose to give life with our words.

[i] Paul Tripp, War of Words, p. 1

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