Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Words

I heard a song I want to share with you. I've heard it before, but it just seems to be an appropriate one to share today.

Words
Hawk Nelson
Featuring Bart Millard

They've made me feel like a prisoner
They've made me feel set free
They've made me feel like a criminal
Made me feel like a king

They've lifted my heart
To places I'd never been
And they've dragged me down
Back to where I began

Words can build you up
Words can break you down
Start a fire in your heart or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

You can heal the heartache
Speak over the fear
(Speak over the fear)
God, Your voice is the only thing
We need to hear
(We need to hear)

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts or
Put it out

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Let the words I say
(Let the words I say)
Be the sound of Your grace
(Sound like Your grace)
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

I wanna speak Your love
Not just another noise
Oh, I wanna be Your light
I wanna be Your voice

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Let the words I say
(Let the words I say)
Be the sound of Your grace
(Sound like Your grace)
I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You
(Back to You)

Words can build us up
Words can break us down
Start a fire in our hearts
Or put it out

I don't wanna say a word
Unless it points the world back to You

 
The words to this song really stuck out to me today. The last two lines left the song resonating with me the rest of the day. It made me think of this verse:

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. 
Ephesians 4:29

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouth. Not a little, none. I want every word I say to point the world back to Him.

The combination of the song and the verse it brought to my mind really got me thinking about everything I've said this week and all of the things I said that didn't point to Him.

I've posted before about how powerful our words are, but I don't think it truly sinks in with us. If it did, we wouldn't continue to say some of the things we do.

I don't understand why we sometimes find so much joy in tearing other people down. What do we get out of it?

Yesterday I posted about how God loves and desires a relationship with all of us. Everyone. God made all of us and essentially when you tear someone down with our words, you are tearing down one of God's works of art.

When I think of it that way, conviction is an understatement. When we insult another person, we might as well be insulting Him.

Here's the great thing about words: They can also build someone up. They can bring a smile to someone's face and they can absolutely turn someone's day around.

Those are the words we need to focus on. My challenge for tomorrow (for myself too) is to think about every word before you say it. Ask yourself if it will build someone up and point them to Him. If not, it probably isn't necessary.


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