Why is Your Relationship with Your Word significant?
It is significant because your word represents you and defines your agreements by how you show up in the world. Your word provides evidence as to whether or not you are a man or woman of integrity moving towards or away from your vision. We have a saying, “Often harsh, always fair based on results,” your life will reflect the words you use and the meaning they hold. Being impeccable with your word means guarding your thoughts (Above the Line Thinking), emotions (attitude), and words or actions (behaviors) in a way that keeps you in alignment with your authentic-self and with God.
The reason this is so important is because your words have “power.” Proverbs 18:21 (AMPC),“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].”
James 3:8-12 (MSG) “This is scary: You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue—it’s never been done. The tongue runs wild, a wanton killer. With our tongues we bless God our Father (Above the Line Thinking); with the same tongues we curse (Below the Line Thinking) the very men and women he made in his image. Curses and blessings out of the same mouth! My friends, this can’t go on. A spring doesn’t gush fresh water one day and blackish the next, does it? Apple trees don’t bear strawberries, do they? Raspberry bushes don’t bear apples, do they? You’re not going to dip into a polluted mud hole and get a cup of clear, cool water, are you?”
Seriously, you may still think about the words someone said (Below the Line Thinking) to you that almost destroyed you. I myself have lost every bit of self-dignity and self-control just because of what a significant other or family member has said to me. I’m not proud of those moments. I immediately wanted to cry, yell, scream, defend myself and even just give up on life (my vision) all together because their words meant that much to me. If this is you, you’re not alone.
Words that took years to shake off, or maybe you are still trying to forget. Or maybe it’s you that hurt someone else with your words. Words hurt. And they do so in a way that’s under the surface leaving no visible wounds. But the impact they have can be life-changing and not necessarily in a good way. However, our words can also speak of life, healing, and health. Remember “thoughts” (Above or Below the Line Thinking) become things, in this case our words.
“Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit;” 1 Peter 3:10 ESV
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