Be impeccable with your word – Speak with integrity. Say only what you mean. Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others. Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.
It is said that this is the most powerful Agreement of all. Think about it. It’s not just about what you say. If you’re telling the truth…. it’s also how and what you say. My spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada taught me that the tongue is the most difficult of all the sensors to control. To control what you say and eat will help you create a vessel to pour your spiritual endeavors into. Which will lead you to places of peace and harmony.
In the Bible, there was the Word, and the Word was God. We too, create our environment with our word. Think about how powerful others words were to us growing up and even now. Someone else’s word could have either helped us achieve higher grounds or stymied us from learning or believing in ourselves.
To use our word in a negative way, the Four Agreement’s say is black magic. It creates fear, pain, etc. To use our word in a positive way creates growth, encouragement, peace, etc.
Let’s look at the word. Impeccable. It comes from two Latin words. “Pecatus” means sin and “im” means without.
Sin might seem to some, old fashion and or a punishment. Basically to sin is to move away from God. To do things that are selfish, not God-centered.
For instance, when we are doing things to help others…like work. We work hard to help the organization we work for and to produce compensation to help our family. This is not sinful, but if we do it simply to better ourselves for the sake of greed, advancing by hurting others, gossiping, etc…we can see how this is moving away from being God-like.