Women today like to be outspoken and bold to speak their minds and have an opinion about any and everything around them. The society that we live in, encourages women to be forthright and demands that their rights be exercised. We see that outspoken women get places of honor in society and at work. And the story ends. What next?
It makes me think: Is this what our life is all about?
A Battle without Words
Being outspoken can win wars but do you know there is a battle that can be won without words (1 Peter 3:1) with just observing a pure and reverent life. As 1 Peter 3: 4 says, our beauty should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.
This a kind of battle a true woman of God should be interested in and should fight. This is considered as the unfading beauty in the eyes of our Father God.
Heard about Michal, the daughter of King Saul in the Bible?
In 2 Samuel 6:23 it says, “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.”
This above verse made me go knocking to her door to see what exactly she did to get such a verdict. And, here’s what she did – she publicly belittled King David by her proud speech and brought her own destiny to a standstill.
Let us learn lessons from Michal’s life
2 Samuel 6:16 mentions, Michal watched King David dancing and leaping before the Ark of God as he was carrying it back to the City of David. She despised him in her heart and she so wanted to speak it out. She met David before he could go into his house and voiced her displeasure to him.
David’s reply to Michal won the heart of God and he always remained a man after God’s own heart. But 2 Samuel 6:23 says, “Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.”
She just spoke her mind out right? What’s wrong in that?
Well, it’s not always good to speak loudly the thoughts that originate from your selfish desires, especially those which are not in line with the Word of God. What Michal spoke was so disrespectful and from a place of lack of understanding that God put a period after her name!
Michal spoke were she had no governance and brought humiliation and reproach that set her course for her entire life span.
Also, she spoke her displeasure to a man whom God said that he is a man after His heart. Now that’s a problem. God is a shield for His anointed.
Michal remained unfruitful all throughout her life. The Bible goes on to say in 2 Samuel 21:8 that rest of her life she raised five sons for her sister Merab. A word spoken cannot be recalled or taken back. But what we can do is be led by the Holy Spirit in whatever we say.
Hey friends, let us take lessons from Michal’s outspokenness. Let us weigh every thought that crosses our mind and speak only that which edifies and builds others. Let us refine our words with the Word of God before we speak. As it is written in Ephesians 4:29, Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
I cannot promise you that by doing this we will be able to salvage the bridges we have already burnt down with our unwholesome talks. But I can assure you one thing that if we set a guard on our words and speak the language of God, we will attract His favour.
Even as this article on how we can fight our battle without words is speaking to you, can I encourage you to change your words by renewing your mind (Romans 12:2) and hold back those words that do not edify your hearers? I pray as you decide to do so from today may my God give you grace upon grace to carry it forth.