Part- 3 The tongue leaves a lasting impression on our spirits and our hearts.

As challenging as it was, I enjoyed writing this series. You and I may have a first-hand experience caused by the devastating effect of words. And how those words come from a hurt and troubled heart. Do we want our hurtful experience to be the heritage of the next generation?  Do you want to be remembered for words of pain and hurt? As I studied, I found Proverbs gave answers to help with these questions and much more!

The Treasure of Proverbs

Proverbs 4:23 (NKJV) states “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life.”  

The book of Proverbs is like a jewelry box it holds diamonds, rubies, pearls and precious metals. Moreover, we can open the jewelry box of Proverbs and pull out what jewel we need at any time in our daily lives.

But in keeping with the headline of this article, Proverbs 4:23 and Proverbs 18:21 are great starting points.  These verses resonated with my spirit. And as they resonated I embraced them, because I felt they would guide and help us with the words that flow from our heart through from our mouths.

Good and Evil Forces

What I discovered in Proverbs 4:23 is that a furious battle must be happening. And the battle is between two forces, Good and Evil. If we do nothing, we are on the side of Evil. But if we follow the instructions the writer gives, we are on the side of Good.

The Job Description

Listen to the tone of this verse! Isn’t it Alarming? The writer is adamant about what we are to do. He tells us to keep or guard the heart, observe, or watch over the heart. Then he tells us how we are to keep the heart with all diligence, persistent, care, and consciousness. Keeping and guarding is not a job for the faint of heart. Keeping and Guarding is a daily and deliberate action we do for the sake of our hearts.

Misused Power

Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.

During major catastrophes, we are always told about the number of deaths that occurred.  And if this verse is true (and it is), the number of deaths can’t be numbered!

I’ve noticed and maybe you have too, the apologies that hit the media on daily bases. People who are apologizing for what they said about someone. Think about it! The apology is nice, but there is no taking back what was said.  And if or when it hits the media! Well, we know nothing is lost once it hits the internet. Information may be buried, but it is never lost. We are experiencing the haunting of the media grave today! And it will be the worst tomorrow! So, if it will be the worst tomorrow what can we do today to make a difference in our tomorrows? Can we lower the total death count? Well, I say “YES but you may not like it!”

 

The Invitation

There is an invitation found in  Isaiah 1:18 (TBL) which says “Come let’s talk this over, says the Lord; NO MATTER how deep the stain of your sins, I can take it out and make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you white as wool!”  

WOW, what an invitation!  But before, you jump all in, there are a few things you need to know about this Invitation and the Giver.

The invitation doesn’t come without pain. There is emotional pain. There is pain that sometimes feels physical. There is the mental anguish. And then there are the tears and swollen eyes!

The emotional pain can be excruciating. The longer we wait to accept the invitation the more it may hurt. The heart holds on tight because it actually believed in itself to be good and right.  But you don’t want a heart that harbors anger and becomes an incubator for hate and shame! You don’t want a heart living in chaos and fear!  But! Hold on because the Giver will never leave you as you go through what seems to be the valley of the shadow of death. The Giver loves you. He knows the heart He desires for you. A heart that seeks Him and wants to be in harmony with His Heart. I don’t want to discourage you, but I must be truthful with you about the possible experiences you may have if you accept the INVITATION.

My Roman Experience

When I started my journey I was very arrogant. You see, I didn’t think there was too much wrong with me but needless to say, I was a mess. But the Giver, The Lord who performs miracles, and says NO MATTER! He can! He had a special place for me where He performed the promises held in Isaiah 1:18.  He admitted me to Romans Hospital where I was taken to the eighth floor, surgical room 28. The place where He took my broken spirit and the remains of my shattered heart and He worked all things together for His purpose!

You may find yourself in a different place than Romans, but the Invitation and the Giver will always remain the same.

In closing, I believe the bottom line is “What is the impression ________ I want to leave on the hearts and spirits of others?” And before you answer think about your experience and the impact it had or is having in your life. Then decide for yourself!

For Reference: The following website will explain the descriptive words in Isaiah 1:18 https://www.studylight.org/commentary/isaiah/1-18.html