Ever say something you regretted and wished you had never said? I have the privilege of mentoring several young husbands. It’s always fun to talk about all the things they are learning in the first year of marriage. They will share with me how terrible they feel when they say something that makes their wife cry, and how often they do it.
We learn very quickly that words have tremendous value and once they are spoken they cannot be taken back. That’s what we learn in today’s story. A story that many of us have missed, but one of impact.
Saul makes a very careless statement, one that he had not thought through. He says the man who eats today before this battle is won deserves to die. When challenged about it he affirms it and says it must be carried out even if it’s his own son. Interestingly enough, it was his son who didn’t know of this command and violated it.
Careless words are so dangerous. They can hurt people, get us into trouble, and cause us to sin. God makes us accountable for our words.
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. Matthew 12:36
So what forms can our careless words take?
- Unkind words
- Untrue words
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:6
A very important principle we must remember is that our WORDS reveal our HEART, because that’s where they come from. Wicked words show a wicked heart.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart. Luke 6:45
- How are your words most often careless?
- Which of the 6 ways I listed are issues with you?
- How does God want you to change this?
By: Tim Parsons