Riddle me this: where do our bad conversations go after they die?...
Perhaps buried in our subconscious , only to unexpectedly pop up and zap us in the gut with self loathing, like a ninja, with a taser?
Maybe they’re more like invisible millstones, hanging around our necks, unseen by those around us, yet, dragging us down all the same?
I’d say that the reality is much worse, notice how the examples listed above are all centered on how they affect us…
What if the way we communicate with others, has that long lasting-silent effect on someone else? What if our foolish words are more like seeds that bury deep in a person and grow like weeds into things like bitterness, depression and a mean spirit… What if that ugliness could grow it’s roots around a beating heart, petrifying it too stone? Could it have a lasting effect on a person's future family and friends, or worse, their own soul?
It’s true that people are responsible for their own thoughts and actions, but what if we could have an effect, positive or negative, on another person’s thoughts and actions, would that change our mindset about what we say and do to others? I bet it would for most of us. In fact, the Bible says that we are no longer able to view people with a worldly perspective:
"From now on, then, we do not know anyone from a worldly perspective. Even if we have known Christ from a worldly perspective, yet now we no longer know him in this way."
2 Corinthians 5:16
But how are we supposed to know what is good, uplifting and helpful? Humans are so complex with so many experiences, what one person finds funny or encouraging, could deeply hurt another. We can’t see as deep as the roots that entangle the heart, but we have access to something that can.
“For the word of God is living and effective and sharper than any double-edged sword, penetrating as far as the separation of soul and spirit, joints and marrow. It is able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
If we desire to uplift the souls and hearts of people, the answer is simple... speak the word of God…
God’s word is living and effective. God’s word not only cuts out the old roots, it also plants new seeds, seeds that if are allowed to grow, will produce fruit… As before, people are individuals, the are responsible for maintaining good soil that is receptive to God’s “Word Seeds”.
For our part, we should be encouraged to sow God’s word with endurance, after all... weeds are so much easier to grow than fruit.
Love you guys! :D