Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.Proverbs 18:21
I tend to reflect a lot on my career in law enforcement because I learned a lot about our social ills. I spent a lot of time not only enforcing the law, but I spent much time trying to get people to see the benefits of obeying the law to live peaceful lives.
Have you noticed how the news media won’t mention the name of the gang involved in criminal activity? They don’t give the name of the gang because it gives them notoriety and status in the community. They say it’s not good to publicize them because they gain strength.
We have to be the same way when dealing with the issues we face. I believe that when we talk about a problem amongst each other and don’t talk to God about it, we’re giving that issue notoriety and strength. The more we talk about it, the more it gains control of our lives and before we know it, we’ve talked ourselves into deep despair.
This is why during the times of our nation going through this plague, we really have to watch what we say and how we relay information. Yes the virus is serious, and it should be discussed, but we have to let our conversations be seasoned with salt.
We have the power as aires to the Kingdom of God to use our mouth and turn situations around. We can either kill this virus by speaking life and hope, or we can kill people who are worried and unsure. We can:
- Let people know that the Lord will deliver us from this.
- Share testimonies of how the Lord delivered us from situations that were impossible to us.
- We can share bible verses (without being preachy) that we clung to when we were going through
We can add to the despair by speaking and sharing information that’s meant to discourage and boost fear in people. There is plenty of information about people overcoming this situation. There is plenty of information that offers hope to a dying world. That information is in the word of God. Not social and news media, but in God’s promises.
Psalm 107:20 says – He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
So instead of feeding despair, feed people what God has to say bout all this.
Colossians 4:6; Matthew 18:18; Luke 6:45; Matthew 19:26