EPH 6:12 ESV
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.

PERSONAL COMMENTARY
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These people that surround me in my daily journey – they are not the enemy. It is not the flesh and blood man that I wrestle with, it is against the darkness, those things unseen that work through men of flesh and blood to bring evil into this life.

So when a man sows the seeds of strife and dissention and anger and envy and division, and does it “in the name of good” – I still love this blind, stumbling man and I forgive him and show him mercy. Because a lot of the time, the blind, stumbling man is me – and I sure need God’s grace and mercy and love and forgiveness to stay in this race and see it to the finish.

So if I call myself spiritual, shouldn’t I set my eyes on the things that are spiritual?

Our words reflect what is in our hearts. So if my words are filled with these things of the flesh and not things of the Holy Spirit of Christ, that speaks to the state of my heart.

Also, our words stir up things in others. Our hope is that our words will stir up the Holy Spirit in others as well.

But these words we speak are either healing or they are weapons. The beauty of healing words is that they offer nourishment to the Holy Spirit and encourage the growth of fruit. Words used as weapons are not useful for growth, but they are powerful for testing and identifying what is already there to be stirred in another person.

So these words have power, and they are our spiritual tools – both in identifying our enemy (again, not men of flesh and blood, but the evil that is working through them), and in encouraging and fostering a healthy growth of Christ’s Spirit, Love, in the world around us.

So, our words are important. Are we spreading love with our words today? Are we encouraging things like love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control with our words? Are our words evidence of the Christ that lives within us?

Or are our words spreading and encouraging things like sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. Are our words evidence of the rotting corpse and death inside us?

One leads to life through Christ.

The other leads to death.

One spreads light and life into this world.

The other is the darkness and death the world is already in.

One is a friend and salvation to sinners.

The other is accusation and condemnation and judgement against the saints.

We choose our side in the battle,
with our lives each day,
with our decisions,
with our words.

Matthew 12:36-37 ESV
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”

So let’s be mindful today of our words. Let’s be mindful of which spirit is being spread by our words. Because we are either bringing light into this world with our lives – or without it, we are all stumbling together in the darkness, the blind trying to lead the blind.

Wouldn’t it be better if we were mute and deaf than to be a hearer and a spreader of evil into this world?

Let’s pray for each other that the Lord will help us to be quiet in those times that our words are being an aid to the enemy.

Let’s pray for each other that the Lord will make His voice ring out like a trumpet when He uses our words to encourage and nourish and stir the Holy Spirit in ourselves and in those around us.

Let’s pray that the enemy’s works of evil will be uncovered in the light of our loving words and these enemies of God will have nowhere to find darkness to hide.

Let’s be the shining light on a hill that cannot be hidden.

Have a blessed day, friends.