John is an actor, writer, and entrepreneur interested in the search for truth and meaning in the world.
But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment. Matthew 12:36
What is that sound that I hear? Nothing but a whisper in the ear, a word spoken in silence. In the beginning, it appears to be such a small matter. Nevertheless, after it is spoken a bird of the air comes and carries the voice to ears unknown (Ecclesiastes 10:20). When the word enters the ear, it goes into the heart and kindles a fire. From the heart, images are visualized that become recurring pictures that affect the hearer’s conscience.
For as the hearer meditates upon the words that were spoken, he is propelled toward two mutually exclusive existences. The first is when the words that were spoken produced life, brought encouragement, or imparted wisdom. The second culminates in a man’s destruction. For by the words of deceit, gossip, and rejection, which are all evil, a man is condemned to a life of despair and hopelessness. Therefore, let all utterances minister life and healing. As a sculptor painstakingly creates a figurine, so let your words instill godly character and nobility. For from words emanate power to redeem or to imprison both the hearer and the speaker.
Consider the experiences of life and judge which words were profitable. By inspired words, Moses parted the Red Sea, and the children of Israel crossed on dry land. With faith-filled words, Paul and Silas spoke to their generation and changed the world. However, by the words of anguish and rejection, a child overhears that he was not wanted at birth and dies daily. Alternatively, what shall I say of a woman who is denied her heart’s desire because her father’s words of hatred offend her lover? Herein lies the pain that caresses the heart and causes some to faint at death’s door.
Seeing the importance of our speech, let us, as thoughtful wordsmiths, craft words that will bless the hearer rather than curse him. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver (Proverbs 25:11).
© 2021 John Remington Pierce