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  • Writer's pictureKristina Trott

Be careful little tongue what you say

When I was little I used to sing those words, knowing that “there’s a Father up above looking down in tender love”. The song is reminding us to only ever speak good and kind words, to “not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Eph. 4:29).

It’s also reminding us that “on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak” (Matt. 12:36 ESV). Just as God spoke the world into being through speaking, so we need to remember that we speak our world into being through our words. If our words are mean and nasty, our world becomes mean and nasty and we will be held to account for those inconsiderate words.

It’s by words that we will see mountains move. “Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him” (Mark 11:23 ESV).

That statement of Jesus’ is really profound. We are being told to stop overthinking things and to just believe! He’s telling us to stop using our mind to reason things out but to start speaking from our heart.

The Spirit that lives in us is pure and lovely and totally in unity with God. Our souls, or our thinking minds, on the other hand, hinder us. It is our mind that stops us walking in all the power of the Spirit. Our souls obscure the beauty of the Spirit being fully expressed in us.

And what does the Spirit want to develop in us? “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. (Gal. 5:22-23 NIV).

It’s time to let go of us controlling our world through our minds and what we think and to let go and let God. Surrender to God and let Him take over.

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