Words. We use them to communicate so much, but as Christians are we using them the way that God intended? Too often, we as Christians speak death on everything…death on our own lives, death on the lives of those around us. We pray and pray for God to turn our situation around or to save a family member, but then turn around and cancel out that prayer with our word vomit. God intended for us to speak life, not death…He intended for us to follow His example. Read Genesis 1:3-30. Each verse begins with, “Then God said…”, and after He spoke, His creations came forth. God provided us with the greatest example of speaking life, of speaking things into existence. He spoke and life began. That same principle applies to our words. Genesis 2:7, “Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.” We are created in God’s image. We have God’s very breath inside of us, which means that just like His words hold power, our words hold power. We must follow our Abba’s example and speak life just as He spoke life.
The Bible is filled with numerous scriptures on our words, our tongue, and our mouth. I wonder why that is? It’s not a coincidence. I honestly believe that it is because God wants us to fully comprehend the power of our words. Our tongue, our mouth, our words hold so much power that they reveal the condition of our heart. Matthew 15:18, “But the words you speak come from the heart…” Luke 6:45, “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasure of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” The very words that come out of our mouth reveals the condition of our heart. If we speak nothing but negativity and discouragement, then our hearts our filled with those very things. I imagine a negative, discouraging heart being black and hardened…rotting with each negative word spoken. And if it continues, the whole body will become rotten. James 3:6 gives an excellent description of this, “And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.” That is how powerful our words are. They can bring life or they can bring death.
Our words are supposed to bring healing and to encourage. I absolutely love Proverbs. This book has such a poetic way of describing the power of our words. Proverbs 12:18, “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” I love this scripture! It doesn’t come right out and say it, but pretty much we are foolish when we make little snide, sarcastic, or rude comments, and wise when we speak life. I don’t know about y’all, but I want my words to bring healing just like Jesus’ words did! He told the man with the withered hand to stretch out his hand and that man’s hand was healed (Luke 6:6-10). I want to use my words to heal others! I know there have been times when I was discouraged and heartbroken, and simply someone giving me a kind word turned my whole mood around. That’s how powerful our words are. Proverbs 15:4, “Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Life and death…our words can either bring life or death. It’s up to us to decided how we are going to use our words. Proverbs 16:24, “Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Our words can either be sweet like honey or bitter like poison. The choice is ours. Have you ever been around someone that’s really negative? I mean every word out of their mouth is pessimistic. How do you feel around that person? Do you feel good? Do you feel encouraged? I know for me I feel down and then I find myself getting angry. Negative words are like poison. Whether you are speaking them or you are listening to them, those negative words are poisoning your mind and heart. If you don’t like the way you feel around a negative nancy, don’t be one yourself. Speak life. Proverbs 12:25, “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.” As Christians, it is our job to uplift and encourage others. When we see someone down or upset, we are to encourage that person and to help cheer them up not bring them down even more. Ephesians 4:29, “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” I know when we think of foul or abusive language, we most often think of cuss words. I think this verse in Ephesians 4 has a deeper meaning then that. I think this “foul and abusive language” includes discouraging words, gossip, any words that are negative. We are called to use our words to encourage others.
First and foremost, as with anything, we are to glorify God with our words. I truly believe that our words mean so much to God. Words allow us to communicate our feelings, but there is such great power in our words. Just think about an encouraging word that you recently received. What feelings come to mind? Joy? Happiness? Cheerfulness? I’m pretty sure that kind word lifted your spirits. That’s why our words matter so much. They can change someone’s mood instantly. They call things into existence. Our words matter to God so much that when we stand before Him on Judgment Day, we will have to give an account for them. Matthew 12:36, “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.” We are literally going to have to explain to God why we said the things we said. That’s how important our words are…that’s how powerful our words are.
I leave you with this, if you are struggling with your words, I suggest you do a study on words, the tongue, your mouth, etc. Confess those scriptures. Get those scriptures down into your spirit. Here are two you can start with:
Psalm 19:14, “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to You, O Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer.”
Psalm 141:3, “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.”
Also, change your perspective. It’s all about how you look at things. Instead of seeing the glass as half empty, see it as half full. Become an optimist and kick those pessimistic ways to the curb. Make it a point to speak life despite what you see in the natural. Just because everything in the natural looks like it’s going horribly wrong, remember the God you serve. You serve an Almighty God who makes all things come together for your good. Just because you can’t see anything happening doesn’t mean that God isn’t doing something. He is always working on your behalf.