One of the important things we learned at our Bible Training Center was to watch our WORDS.
Words can injure or heal, and what you are speaking can also harm YOUR mind and body. Words are potent, and “Life and Death is in the power of the tongue.”
We learned to stop saying catch phrases such as, “Take care!” The Bible instructs us to cast our CARE on the Lord. We eliminated another phrase such as “I am dying to know that,” or “That kills me.” Silly little exclamations, and probably they will not bring death to you immediately, but we learned not to say these.
The methods used in speaking to children, and others is also significant. There is importance in using encouraging words such as, “Good job,” “Right on.” “I am proud of you,” “You are special.” Using these types of blessing words can actually make a difference in people’s lives.
Even knowing all this up front, we were surprised one day, when one of the instructors blasted our class with a remark that hit really low. He may have had a bad day, but my parental intuition caused me to wonder if perhaps, in his own childhood, he had been called - - more than once, “A big dummy.”
Nothing unusual was going on in the class, but abruptly our instructor shouted, “Are you getting this - - you big dummies?” Truth was, we had passed a strict application and referral submission to be accepted into this school, so for most of us, we were above the dummy classification.
What happened next was shocking to say the least. My sweet quiet husband, jumped out of his chair and loudly declared, “We are NOT Big Dummies!” Then realizing what he had done, he meekly continued, “I am sorry brother, and I am out of place.”
The BIG hearted instructor, took my husband in his arms, and said, “No I am the one out of place, and I apologize to you all.” It took a real man to admit he was wrong without delaying the matter one bit. I admired our instructor for being so quick to make things right.
Class resumed without other incident, but that day, my husband was the hero in the eyes of many of the students.
There are times when we need to speak out against wrongs, but most of the time we rattle off complaints that are not fitting. Usually for the most part it is wise to hold your peace until the Lord gives you the go ahead to take action.
If you make a mistake and speak out of turn, be swift to repent and express regret. Be bold enough to say, “I am sorry!”
However it is another thing when you are lifted off your seat, and the Holy Spirit shouts through you to correct inappropriate behavior.
All in all, what ever the occurrence, select your words with wisdom, and let them heal, because there are ways to make corrections without harming anyone that needs fixing.
It is good to even encourage yourself in the Lord, by speaking words of success, healing, health and faith over your own person!
1Samuel 30:6 And David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him. But David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.