The words we speak MUST have boundaries. Our words have power to bring life or death, and that type of responsibility is to be taken seriously. What are considered unhealthy words? Anything that doesn’t bring about the fruits of the spirit and the love of God. This includes gossip, “prayer requests” that air other people’s problems (without their permission), sharing our “opinions” about situations, complaining about our spouse, and so much more.
In the words of a dear friend, let our words expose little about others.
If you have a hard time keeping control of the words you say, release control of your mouth to God. Let him reveal the areas that you are not-so-great in bringing life into the world. Why is that important? Because when your words reflect God, it opens the door to sharing your testimony and pointing back to Jesus.
1.) Look at two categories: People, and Places. Our ungodly words can be triggered by both. Ask God to show you when you lose your boundaries with words. When He does, take note- WHERE are you? With whom are you talking?
2.) How can you take tangible steps to change those places or friendships? Sometimes all it takes is a hard conversation. Other times it requires disconnecting. God has wisdom to give you about how to handle each.
3.) Be intentional today to stop anytime you want to speak words that don’t bring life. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you when those moments are, and what you should say instead, if anything.