Eternity Matters: You have the power to build

By Norma Shull Smith

Within each person is power that most don’t realize they have. The world is made up of different personalities, levels of education, ages, races, backgrounds and circumstances, but one thing we have in common is the power of the tongue. With it we can choose to build each other up or tear that person down.
We have all been in situations where we have been made uncomfortable, because a person in our presence talks only negative about others. Many times, when a person focuses on the bad things that another person does, they cannot see anything but bad. That becomes their life, their daily pattern of thinking. In all honesty that person can’t see or feel, that the very words of their mouth are destructive. Destructive to the character of the one they are talking about, but even more so, destructive to their very own soul.
If we believe we have love in our hearts and then partake in tearing down, then we are deceiving ourselves. First Corinthians 13:5 says, “Love does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.”
Let us visualize a building contractor hired to build a beautiful home. He has gone to great strides to have the proper materials delivered to the building location. He has purchased building permits and hired a crew to build according to architectural plans. Let our minds see that after the foundation is ready, the crew frames in the exterior walls, and as soon as they are up, a few of the crew begin knocking those very walls down. Day after day, the crew builds up and then the few come through and rips it all down. You get the picture I’m sure. If this continued, the beautiful home would never be built; so it is, with our words. How can we attain peace within our homes, if all we do is fight and rip each other apart? How can the work place have success, if there is always back stabbing of coworker’s? How can a church be effective for Christ, if certain ones in the body constantly try to divide?
Scripture reveals the power in our words when it says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Proverbs 18:21
Even though the things being said might be very true, repeating the accusations repetitively, does not improve the situation; it only divides and causes bitterness and rebellion to rise-up. It solves absolutely nothing. Speak only kind words, because Eternity Matters! Suggested reading: Ephesians 4:29 and Matthew 12:36

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