Words not only transfer thoughts and facts to others, but can also reveal feelings. What you think inside about something or someone, can be projected upon another in many ways. Love, for another person, for an idea, even for self, is expressed in countless ways through letters, books, poems, songs, or oaths, promises, or vows. What words we choose, and how they are conveyed, give others a sense of what we are thinking. Same goes for Hate. As many thoughts and emotions we human beings are capable of, these two can be the most beautiful, or destructive. What plays the biggest part? Emotion? Our inner strengths or weaknesses? Our "bent"?
In chapter 11 of Judges, verse 30, Jephthah makes a vow. That vow seals the fate of someone very close to him. I won't go into detail, read for yourself. His words have far, far greater consequences that I believe he imagined.
That is another thing about words. They can carry consequences. Consequences like a positive or negative reaction from one person or a group. And how they are heard, or "perceived", cause a much greater reaction than anticipated. When you use words, there are most always consequences. And they can, again, run the gamut of human emotion.
Then there is intent. What we express through words doesn't always convey what we are feeling. We intend to help, but hurt. To reach out, but push away. To love, but confuse. To forgive, but reject.
Heavenly Father, You know my heart, You have known me since You created...everything. Father, I pray today that the words I speak to others are not my own. I am a broken sinful person. I have feelings and emotions that can help, but also hurt others, sometimes with grave consequences. Father, I pray, that words I speak, from You, carry hope, love, and peace onto whomever they reach. That my, nay, Your Words bring people to Yourself, and an Eternity with You. My prayer reaches You Father only through Your Son, my Lord and Savior, Jesus. Amen.