In first Corinthians thirteen Paul says “…when I was a child I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child, but when I became a man I put away childish things.”
What I’ve learned about children is that they like security, and as a result, don’t do well with change. We’re the same in our walk with God. When God begins to effect change in our lives it can make us uncomfortable, but it is necessary.
One of the most essential areas we need change in is our words. Before we start reading and understanding the Bible we can go through our days and not notice the words we’re saying. But if we want to be mature in Christ we should put a guard over our mouths.
Paul says that when he was a child he talked like a child. He’s not talking about when he was a literal child. He’s talking about being a baby in Christ. He also says that when he became a man he got rid of those childish things, including his words.
How do children speak? They usually just say everything that comes to their minds. A sign of maturity is being able to control our mouth. Proverbs 17:27-28 says “A truly wise person uses few words, a person with understanding is even-tempered. Even fools are thought wise when they keep silent; with their mouths shut, they seem intelligent.”
Being able to hold back your words when you’re angry, hurt, or when you don’t have a full understanding of a situation is a powerful thing. You can never get your words back, so choose them carefully. They are the most powerful thing you own. But we’ll talk more about that next time.