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Has your tongue - what you say - ever gotten you in trouble? Mine certainly has. To be honest, for the first 20 to 25 years of my life, my tongue was my worst enemy. As a kid, it frequently got me beaten up. As an adolescent, it undermined my parents’ trust in me and earned me frequent scrapes with the law. And in the early years of my marriage, it hurt my wife and weakened our relationship.

I grew up with a loaded gun for a mouth. Before I came to Christ, I abused the verbal gift God had put in me - the one that was designed to communicate his love and truth - and used it to manipulate and lie. I used what God had created as a tool for building people up to instead tear them down.

If someone hurt me or did something to embarrass me, that person was in for some serious payback. I meticulously planned my revenge - spending hours analyzing the person’s weaknesses and vulnerabilities. Once I had formulated my plan, I would patiently wait for the perfect opportunity to humiliate that person in front of friends and classmates.

My warped thinking was: "I’m going to teach you to never come at me again." And if anyone ever called me on it, my plea was: “Hey, I was just kidding. Just joking around. Something’s wrong with you, not me.”

I now know how very wrong and hurtful my behavior was. You can’t say cutting remarks and then claim you didn’t mean anything by them. (Unfortunately, I frequently see husbands and wives do that to each other.) The Bible says that you do mean something by what you say, because “out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks”. (Matt. 12:34)

If my mouth was a loaded gun while I was growing up, over time, I became highly skilled at pointing it at others and pulling the trigger. Not only could I embarrass a person, but I could also literally assault him or her with my words. This was not a good habit to bring into marriage.

Words carry enormous power - the power to heal or to wound, to encourage or to dishearten, to speak truth or to deceive, to praise or to criticize. They can be the key to our success, or the reason for our downfall. So, how do we harness that power? How do we learn to use our words to their greatest potential? Robert Morris shows you how God can bless your life through the words you speak. 

©2009 Robert Morris (P)2020 Bethany House Publishers

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