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The best of what I say is who I am.

Think about your words. Yeah, the ones you fire off on social media, in texts, or just hanging with friends. Are they building bridges or brick walls? Blasting positivity or echoing negativity? “The best of what I say is who I am.” This statement should resonate deep, echoing the truth found in James 3:13: “Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good behaviour in gentleness and wisdom.” Like ripples in a pond, your words carry weight, shaping not just your own story, but the whole vibe of the community around you.

If David had Insta back in the day, his story would have been Psalm 19:14: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” He wanted his words to “be pleasing to you, Lord”. Our words are mirrors, reflecting who we are inside, deeper than any filtered selfie. Think Proverbs 15:23 “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge, for the ears of the wise seek it out.” Or to put it another way “the smart person seeks knowledge, always open to learning new stuff.” But they’re also windows, letting people glimpse the landscape of our soul, just like Jesus said in Matthew 12:34: “What you say overflows from your heart.”

Now, “best” doesn’t mean constant sunshine and rainbows. Sometimes, aN honest truth bomb dropped with kindness can be the most transformative. Imagine your friend stuck in a dead-end job. A word like “Hey, maybe explore your passions?” (think Proverbs 27:6) could open their eyes to a whole new world. And let’s not forget those epic figures who spoke truth to power, even when it was risky. They challenged the status quo and paved the way for change, just like the prophets in the Old Testament.

Imagine a community where communication is on point, like a perfectly curated feed. Words chosen with care, building bridges of understanding stronger than any Wi-Fi signal. Like Colossians 3:16 says, “Let Christ’s message live deep in your heart and flow out in your words.” Imagine the collective power of empathy and compassion woven into every sentence, dismantling negativity like a filter that blocks hate speech. But let’s be real, negativity can spread faster than a viral meme. Remember Proverbs 18:21: “The tongue can bring life or death. Choose your words wisely!” We all have a responsibility to combat harmful narratives, choosing words that heal, not hurt, following the footsteps of Jesus, the master of truth-telling love.

Time for some self-reflection, like the Psalmist in Psalm 139:23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Your asking God to know your anxieties, to see if there’s anything messed up in you, and guide you on the right path. Are your words needing a content audit? Transformation starts with awareness. Identify those areas for growth and take action: active listening, kind feedback, and words that reflect your deepest values, like Proverbs 15:4 says, “A gentle tongue is like a life-giving tree, but harsh words crush the spirit.”

Remember the Garden of Eden, where tempting words led to a bitter outcome? Now, imagine Golgotha (the place of the skull – very different from Eden), where a heavy tree was raised, fruit that hangs heavy: Jesus’ sacrifice. His every word, every action, screamed love, forgiveness, hope, fulfilling Isaiah 53:5: “He was pierced for our wrongs, crushed for our sins; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Our words, too, can bear fruit. We can offer comfort, share messages of hope, speak truth in love.

You’re not just defined by what you say, but you have the power to shape your world and yourself through your words. Use them wisely, and let them become echoes of love and kindness, reflecting not just the good, but the ongoing transformation offered through grace and sacrifice from a Christ filled life. So go out there, and remember, your words have the power to change the world, one post, one text, one conversation at a time.

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