Friend in Jesus
One characteristic of being created in God’s image is the ability to choose the words we speak. God has placed in our hands a tool for good or evil, whichever one we choose. This is the reason Satan has such a desire to control men’s tongues, using them as a destructive force. However, God desires men to yield their tongues to Him as a powerful force for good. Proverbs 18:20 says, “death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.”
As ambassadors for Christ the words that we speak should continually be filled with life. “Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear and do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. And be kind to one another tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you” (Ephesians 4:29-32, NAS)
We should be a people that speak forth the life of God which is in us. Whether in public or private our words should edify and give grace - which is unmerited favor. Jesus said in Matt. 12:36,37, “ And I say to you, that every careless word that men shall speak, they shall render account for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.”
In order to continually have words of life coming out of us, we must continually be putting the Word of Life in us. For out of the abundance of our heart the mouth speaks. We are truly a light in a dark world, the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. One way of showing that light and righteousness is by the words we speak. “For the mouth of the righteous is fountain of life” (Proverbs 10:11). Daily we should ask the Holy Spirit to give us words of life so that we may give life to others and be a fountain of life.