“If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God…” -1 Peter 4:11 (NIV)
We have often heard the maxim, “Actions speak louder than words”. But by no means does it indicate that we should neglect the way we conduct ourselves in our speech. If anything the words which we say, and the way we say them, reveal something about our character, our values, and our entire outlook on life. Anybody can act in a kind and charitable fashion. However, when we are in environments where we are not hindered by mere social convention or when the wrong buttons have been pushed to arouse our ire, it will be our words which will betray any façade we have created. Out of the heart, our mouths will speak and our words will reveal to others what we really serve and hold dear.
It is interesting to note that God reveals who He is not merely through His actions, but primarily through His words. The words He used to speak the world into existence reveals His creativity and loving provision. His commandments and decrees to His people and prophets reveal His nature as being, pure, holy, and just. His constant assurances towards those who are undergoing or entering into a period of trials and suffering, display His great love and faithfulness. The very fact that we have the Bible, literally God’s Words to humanity, shows the importance that God places on words and speech. As His children who are called to be His witnesses on Earth, every part of our lives must display His character being manifested in us. The tongue is no exception. Our words should reveal our Lord as being uncompromisingly holy, faithfully just, and irresistibly compassionate. When we allow Christ to take reign over our hearts and mouths, we will be able to speak life into the hearts of those around us; using our tongues as a witness for who He is and what He can do for all who call upon His name.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.