In the Bible, we are warned various times about the words we speak. The words we speak manifest into either positive or negative outcomes. Am I saying that our words are magic spells, No! I am saying that there is a connection between what we think, feel and do and our lives are a mirror that reflects it back. What we put out is what we get back. I am guilty of this all the time. I can say something negative in a joking manner about myself or others and the dark cloud just follows me around all day!
What is the last thing you said that was negative? Who did you express it to? How did it make that person feel? How did you feel? I would encourage you to find the root. Back track to where everything usually starts. Your thoughts and feelings begin to formulate before, during or after an event. From there the thoughts and feeling travel through the heart and make it way to the final destination in the form actions. For example, I decided to go to an event that I really preferred no to go to. I had better plans which included staying at home in comfy clothes, watching movies, stuffing my face and cuddling with my dog. I know, the ultimate homebody starter package! I went out after a little convincing. In my head, I thought I don’t want to go anywhere, I want to be home. When I got ready those thoughts turned into feelings which was annoyance, irritation, and grumpy accompanied by eye rolls and a sour expression. I arrived to the event and you could just feel the negative energy and before I knew it, I was making comments about the event and being forced to be there. Needless to say, I had awful time and I ruined the vibe for everyone else.
I’m not sure if you have fallen into this habit of speaking negatively instead of positively but I am making a vow to steer clear of the tongue on fire. You should too. Think of a time where you or other people spoke in a toxic way. It can be gossip, sarcasm, comments made when you were angry or feeling insecure. Here is a quick system I use to keep myself in check. Use THINK to go through things before you say them. Is what you are about to say:
Helpful or Holy?
If it is not yes than don’t say it. Find a better way to say what is needed that will meet the THINK requirements. The next time you find that your tongue is about unleash it wrath in form of unwholesome talk just THINK before you SPEAK. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.” In order to access the life of purpose God has for you, you have to learn to speak over yourself and situations. The overall negative talk and self- talk has to go! God spoke creation into existence. You must turn from allowing your mouth to declare anything other than what God has called it to declare. If you are wondering how you do this, get closer to God and pursue his purpose for you.