Fall is finally here and with it the harvest. Words are like seeds. Once spoken they are planted in the hearts of the hearer. They too produce a harvest.
I remember running to my mom crying, just a little girl hurting inside, crying because of ugly words. I was broken hearted by caustic remarks. My mother, taught me a little rhyme that she had used as a child: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
I can’t tell you how many times I used that little taunt. It did make the words stop. But words do hurt and I have the scars to prove it.
In 1 Corinthians 13:1 Paul says, “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but I do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.” NET Bible In chapter two, verses 6-8, Paul goes on to give a great commentary on words He says, “If I don’t address you plainly with some insight or truth or proclamation or teaching, what help am I to you? If musical instruments—flutes, say, or harps—aren’t played so that each note is distinct and in tune, how will anyone be able to catch the melody and enjoy the music? If the trumpet call can’t be distinguished, will anyone show up for the battle?"The Message
We may speak lovingly with good intentions but if we do not follow through our words arenothing more than lies. Lies are like weeds. They are good for choking out the things we hope to grow in the hearts of our children. Saying one thing and doing another is never loving in the end.
Truth is powerful and can be dangerous. A knife in the hand of surgeon saves lives, in the hands of a murderer it takes them. Paul warns us in Ephesians 4:15 that truth is best served on the platter of love.
Children are listening.They often believe blindly what they hear and many times repeat it. Let’s speak the truth in love even in our daily conversations. We don’t want to end up like the parents who saw their son shaking hands with the pastor after service. Seeing that he was very adamant about what he was telling the pastor they became concerned that he might have told a bit of gossip.
The lad was out of sight by the time they were able to greet the pastor. Shaking his hand, the father said, “Parson, please disregard whatever our son might have told you. He has a bad habit of repeating whatever he hears.”
Catching up to their son, they asked what he had said to their pastor. His reply, “I told him what you said, Pa, how that was absolutely the worst sermon I had ever heard.”
Words can’t be erased or unheard from the heart. Paul tells us in Galatians 6 that God is not mocked. Whatever we sow is what we will reap. What will we harvest from the words we’ve spoken this year?