They say that on average people speak between 7 000 and 20 000 words a day. Men usually at the lower end of that, and woman at the higher. Before I start a gender war, that is not from me, that is merely the results of a Google search!
My concern with all of those words spoken are the words themselves. What words are we speaking? Does it matter? Read Proverbs 12 verses 6-24 and you’ll find at least 5 verses that speak about the words that you speak. Proverbs 18 verse 21 says The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 21 verse 23 says Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble. This shows us that speaking words without thinking of them first, can (and probably will) get us into trouble.
Does this mean that we should never speak? Obviously not, in fact, there are times that speaking is Godly. Mark 11 verses 22-24 says Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. This shows us that we need to speak the word of God, believing it is not always good enough, we need to speak it too. It also shows us in Romans 10 verses 9-10 that speaking, along with believing is secures us our salvation.
Ephesians 1 verses 19-21 says I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now he is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come. This shows that we have authority in Christ, and this combined with what we have learned about the words that we speak, shows us that we actually have authority in what we speak. Parents, what you say to and over your children has consequences, husbands and wives, what you speak over your spouse have huge implications.. Please make sure that your words (like your thoughts) have been through the ‘scriptural filter’. It is also important to think about what you speak over yourself. We often write this off as ‘self-help’ but it is scriptural, so make sure that what you speak over yourself is what God would have spoken over you.
Now I realise that we have daily responsibilities and we have to speak, and it can’t always be straight from scripture, but we have the ability to speak what we want to. My wife and I have started to watch what we say, and we have stopped saying negative things that we do not need to speak. We can’t stop speaking, but we can replace a few negative things with a few positive things, and when you see the difference, it will encourage you to do it more and more. Baby steps. Just think about it for a second before the words leave your mouth.
I leave you with Matthew 12 verses 36-37. And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgement day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”