James 3:3-4 "We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth. And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches."
From a small age, we are taught to be nice. In school, we are taught the golden rule (Matthew 7:12) "Treat others the way you want to be treated." Our parents teach us manners and how to say please and thank you. As kids, when you say or do something deemed as bad, we were taught to apologize.
Very early on, we learned that the things we do or say can be hurtful if not handled properly. And while this is true, even in our adult years, we can also build up a world with our words. We have the power to uplift, not only others, but ourselves by what we say and how we think. What's in our mind takes root in our heart, and we know that what's inward will always manifest itself outwardly.
Listed below are a few steps to help you build the world you desire to see, the world God has for you, with your words.
1) Renew Your Mind
Romans 12:2 reads "Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect." Renewing our minds takes the ability to surrender. Once you surrender, God is able to transform you into a new man or woman, who thinks differently and ultimately acts differently. Building a world you desire starts from within. What are your current thinking patterns? Do they breed life? Are you speaking nicely to you? Do you say please and thank you when talking to yourself? What do you think when you see you? Do you speak highly of yourself? If not, ask God to transform the way you think. As you spend time in His Word, in His presence in prayer and meditation, choose not to copy the patterns and customs of the world. Choose to think highly and start with thinking highly of you.
2) Ask God to Cleanse Your Heart
In Psalm 51, David turned to God after committing adultery writing "Purify me from my sins, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Oh give me back my joy again; you have broken me—now let me rejoice. Don't keep looking at my sins. Remove the stain of my guilt. Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me."
We've all done some things and said some things that we are not proud of. Great news! There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Turn back to God, repent and ask for forgiveness. Ask God to cleanse your heart from all things that are not like Him. 2 Corinthians 7:1 reads "Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God."
As it pertains to building a world with your words, ask God to cleanse your heart from foul speech. Ephesians 4:29-32 spells its out perfectly. "Don't use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God's Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you." In order to make room for the new thoughts and words in our lives, we’ve got to get rid of the old junk that’s not helpful to us! Ask God to change your heart from the inside out.
3) Speak Life
There are many passages in the bible about speaking life. Here are a few:
Proverbs 16:24 - Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 18:20-21 - Wise words satisfy like a good meal; the right words bring satisfaction. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.
Colossians 4:6 - Let your conversation be gracious and attractive, so that you will have the right response to everyone.
As we change our thoughts and the words we speak, we can begin to speak life, positivity, peace, joy, greatness and much more into our lives through what we say and what we do.
Do you desire a life of peace? Bring your mind to thoughts of peace, serenity and harmony. Live in and speak life to those around you. Romans 12:18 states "Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone."
Do you desire a life of prosperity? Proverbs reads "The generous shall prosper. Those who refresh others shall themselves be refreshed."
Do you desire to live joyfully? Try not to complain and replace complaining with gratefulness. Find reasons to be happy and speak those things.
Through the renewing of your mind, and the cleansing your heart from all unrighteousness, submit yourself to God in all things, and speak the life you desire to live to fruition with your words.