Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble. Proverbs 21:23
Two different times in the last week.
Two different people in my life.
Two slightly different wordings.
One meaning. One message from the Lord through them.
“Just. Shut. Your. Mouth.”
That’s what they said to me.
Appalled? Yeah, me too at first.
Wondering what I could have said to deserve such rebuke? Yeah, me too at first.
Did I cuss? Nope (not this time).
Did I speak ill of someone? Nope.
What did I say that caused such strong words from two of my closest friends?
I spoke. I spoke something that I thought might be true about myself, but wasn’t. I had a doubt about myself, a doubt about who I am, a doubt about the identity God gave me. And, I spoke it aloud and gave way to my flesh in a moment of weakness. One of my great friends looked at me and said, “Girlfriend, don’t speak something into existence that isn’t the truth.”
The mind is a powerful thing, and the tongue is an instrument that can be used for extreme good or ferocious bad. The Bible speaks of it.
The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. Proverbs 18:21
Those seemingly harsh words were exactly what I needed. I didn’t need to be agreed with at that moment. I needed the TRUTH. I needed to know that my identity isn’t in how I feel today about myself, but rather in who the Lord says I am every day. I needed to know that giving the enemy room to play on the playground in my head and then speaking it out loud, as if it could be truth, is not what God has for me today or any day. I needed to recall that I am not who the enemy says I am, but rather who the King of Kings declares I am.
I needed to speak life.
I needed the truth.
And, thank goodness I have real friends who lovingly gave it to me.
Maybe today, you’re starting to believe a lie. You’re believing you will never be more than the label someone attached to you long ago. And, maybe you’re running around speaking what you are thinking, not realizing the power in your tongue.
From one friend who loves you to another:
Just. Shut. Your. Mouth.
Let’s be women of truth today. Let’s be iron sharpens iron for our friends. Let’s love each other and at the same time share the truth with them. For it’s the power of the Word that changes lives.
For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
So, go speak life.