Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Superlatives! (Part 2)
But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Matthew 12:36-37 (NAS)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:21 (NAS)
The lips of a fool shall swallow him up... A fool also multiplies words.
Ecclesiastes 10:12,14 (NKJV)
Drama queens (and kings) are common in the entertainment industry. The ability to communicate emotion is a gift. Whether it's the tone of your voice, the sparkle in your eyes or the way you move--you grab attention like a magnet. When used in the right context, dramatic behavior and superlative words can be a blessing!
What is the right context? Gathering attention to give it to God. 'Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Who is in Heaven' (Matthew 5:16). For instance, a drama queen might say:
'We serve the most amazing God. He has transformed my life completely, from being the worst drug dependent loser to feeling on top of the world--dependent on nothing but Him.' These underlined words are superlatives (extremes) used in the right way.
But the blessing of drama can turn on a dime--depending on the words you speak! Since we become what we say, consider common bombshells dropped by woeful mouths from mixed-up minds:
'I never feel good anymore. I'm old. My knees are shot.'
'Could this day get any worse?'
'I hate my body. My hair is a mess'
'We have no money. We're absolutely broke!'
'I'll never be happy/ never get a job/ never get an agent.'
'I'm so stupid. I hate myself. How could anyone like me?'
Remember, when you complain about your life to others, God takes your complaints Personally. You represent Him poorly and harm yourself. It's a tragic mistake common among non-believers. By negative words, they curse themselves. So when you hear anyone speak self-damning words, refute them gently.
But you should know better. So never say wicked words about yourself... or anyone else. (Ok, never is a superlative, but ask God to help you.)
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Superlatives! series.