I’m in the middle of a teaching series at Refuge Point called Just Sayin’. Like me, you’re probably overly familiar with that phrase. If not, it goes something like this: Someone states a critical opinion to stir the pot and then says, “I’m just sayin'”. Or someone wants to give an aggressive PSA and then ends it with “Just Sayin'”. Others often express some form of gossip, negative view, or a cheap shot at someone and then ends the rhetoric with, “I’m Just Sayin'”. What these people don’t understand is that their “Just Sayin'” rhetoric has the power to change the direction of someones life.
Think about how powerful words are. Yet doesn’t it seem like the smallest phrases of words have the greatest impact? When you said, “I do” – did that phrase not change your life? When you said, “yes or no” to that drug or when you said “yes” to that person in the back seat of your car? Think about how those simple yet powerful words changed the trajectory of your life. And to know that we have the power with the words we speak to either bring life or death to a situation should weigh heavy on every person.
The average person will spend 1/5 of his/her life speaking. (Unless you’re like me…it’s more like 3/5.) Of that time, I wonder how many of us are using our words to bring life to situations. I would imagine it would be very little. For most of us, encouragement and spreading God’s love and grace isn’t on our lips. Rather, it’s words of gossip. Gossip is talking about someone without that someone. We simply fill the voids of our conversations with gossip just so we can avoid dealing with the issues and sins of our own hearts. It’s also negativity. Most of us can never say something good about another person because we’re consumed with all the bad he/she has done.
If you’re like me, then you feel defeated when you start thinking about all of this. So what’s our remedy? Jesus said that from the overflow of our heart, the mouth speaks. So, if there’s death in our hearts, then words of death will come out of our mouths. But if there’s life in our hearts, we’ll speak life. The remedy is to ask Jesus to transform our heart. The issue is never the action, it’s always the heart. The way to watch the words coming out of your mouth is to watch what is going into your heart. Store up good things in your heart and watch good things come out of your life.
“The words of a person’s mouth are deep waters, a flowing river, a fountain of wisdom.” Proverbs 18:4 (CSB)