I received a little backlash from the Lye Soap article last week. It wasn’t much, just a person with a different opinion, who evidently likes to curse. The Bible talks about the connection between the heart of a man and his mouth in Matthew 15:18 ““But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.” So changing the heart is the core of the message carried by Jesus Christ. When the heart is changed, the words coming from our mouths will change as well.
I’ve often wondered why cursing is so prevalent these days. Part of it is the anger issue. But another reason it exists and seems to be increasing is the lack of a standard and the lack of loving correction. But at the core of it all is a lack of understanding that words carry power. There was an amazing study conducted by Masaru Emoto who was a Japanese author and researcher. He claimed that words and labels had an effect on the molecular structure of water. Emoto’s early work explored this belief. See Wikipedia.com. There is an amazing video on YouTube that demonstrates his findings. If his findings are true, then words spoken and labels given affect the world around us and especially the people around us. Given his findings, and the fact that the human body, according to www.chemistry.about.com, is made up of 50-75 percent water, the words that come out of our mouths carry influence and can shape lives. Don’t forget, God created the world by speaking it into existence.The tongue has to be tamed. “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle the whole body as well.” James 3:2 And in the same chapter, verse 6 says, “And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.”Words are important and carry power. They start arguments. They heal wounds. They start wars. They end conflict. They can shape a life. They can destroy confidence. They can belittle, mock, and accuse. Or they can encourage, honor, value, and shape the people and the world around us. Say something nice today. Bless and curse not.Regina Shank