What are you allowing to penetrate your eargate? What words are you speaking that you will one day be held accountable for? There are hundreds of different sounds that can influence our day to day routines. We hear rap music, pop music, gospel music, animals, televisions, washing machines, car horns, screaming, cursing, crying, and more. We don’t even realize how much we are affected by these sounds until we read a scripture that says:
“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”
– Romans 10:17
Are you hearing and speaking the Word…or are you letting it fall to the ground? While we are busy listening to the opinions of the women on The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop, let’s open our eargates to some life changing sounds…God’s awesome Word! You’ve heard (and hopefully believe!) that the power of life and death is in the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). This means you have the power to speak great things, wonderful things, amazing things! You can speak a dream to life because God is listening. You can speak and declare victory. You can open your mouth, praise God in faith, and in doing so, move a mountain. Your tongue can also speak destruction, death, and doom. We have GOT to be more careful about what we are saying and what we are listening to. When you speak good things, God’s angels take flight. When you speak bad things, Satan’s demons rejoice in evil. The things you listen to can alter your opinions, morale, and decisions. Ultimately, what you listen to and speak can change your life.
“But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil full of deadly poison.”-James 3:8
Our tongues have the power to tear down, belittle, demean, and crush our brothers and sisters. When we speak without thinking, “tell it like it is”, and say how we really feel, we aren’t always considering our neighbor. Our tongues should be used to encourage one another. We must exhort and edify one another in love. If we take responsibility for our tongues and allow them to come under subjection to the Lord, we can therefore help our brethren protect their eargates! In watching what we say, we are sowing good. By cautiously guarding our ears, we also guard our hearts and minds. Remember the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? Well…words do hurt! Gossip, slandering, and lying hurt. False accusations, blackmail, and cursing hurt. They hurt both the speaker and the victim. The next time you get ready to listen to the latest “tea” about your sister in Christ, think again. The next time you find yourself about to roast a brother in Christ, don’t do it! Guard your ears, your tongue, and in doing so, you’ll be guarding the reputation of Jesus Christ.