Use Your Words to Bless Others

Constantly complaining about and hating on people is not love. In Matthew 15:10-20 Jesus explains that it’s not what goes into your mouth that defiles you; you are defiled by the words that come out of your mouth. James 3:1-12 explains that, among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire and it can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. Proverbs 18:22 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof”.

In Numbers 22-24, the prophet Balaam was paid by King Balak of Moab to curse the Israelites so that he could beat them in battle. However, Balaam could only curse or bless people based on God’s power and God told him that Israel is his nation and they are under his blessing, so no matter how much Balak begged, Balaam could only bless Israel because he knew he couldn’t cross God if he wanted to. If a rebellious prophet like Balaam could keep his tongue from cursing the Israelites, then Christians filled with God’s holy spirit have no excuse. Balaam’s era was long before Jesus died for anyone’s sins and made the holy spirit available, so believers should follow the spirit and not the lust of the flesh (Gal 5:16) because following the holy spirit reaps eternal life while following the flesh reaps corruption (Gal 6:7-8). We should be better than Balaam.

Later on, Balaam told the Midianites to use shrine prostitutes’ to seduce the Israel men into idolatry. This caused the Israelites to sin and broke the covenant with God which caused a plague to break out (Numbers 25). No one could beat them directly but Balaam shows their enemies the secret to making them vulnerable. Balaam got killed for this in Numbers 30 when the Israelites defeated the Midianites. So he got what he had coming to him because of his craftiness in attacking God’s people. Don’t be like him, renew your heart and mind and learn to love your enemies and bless those who hate you (Matt 5:43-48) by repaying evil with good (Rom 12:9-21), this includes politicians (1 Tim 2:1-4).

Matt 5:(NLT) 43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! 45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much. 47 If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

Rom 12:9 Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good. 10 Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. 11 Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically. 12 Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. 13 When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality. 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honorable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. 20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.” 21 Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.