As a young man, I didn’t give much thought to the words I chose. All too often, I’d speak selfish words between me and my sisters, or me and my friends to get my way. Sometimes I’d make up a lie, upping the stakes if my emotions were running really high. My mom bore the duty of judge, jury, and peacemaker.
My words were birthed out of hurt, anger, and frustration, and they paved roads of lies and destruction. Most people, whether young or old, seldom forget harsh words spoken over them. My mother would say, “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” That statement is only partially true because, in reality, hurtful words can be just as destructive.
Your soul consists of your mind, will, and emotions. The words we speak are a spiritual gauge, revealing how much of our soul we have surrendered to God. A renewed mind will reflect what has been developed through prayer, worship, and biblical study. King Solomon wrote, “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.” (Proverbs 18:21) If we haven’t surrendered everything to God and our souls are not in submission to him, our tongue will be the first to sell us out.