The Power of Words

How we relate to one another with words is vital. Words can be powerful and deliver death or life. Words can heal or words can kill. We experience the power of words when we have been dealt a death blow by someone’s misfired words. Conversely, we experience that same power when we have been encouraged, motivated or ignited again by someone’s words.

“… See how great a forest is set aflame by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell” (James 3:5-6).

Words can deliver life or death. It is our choice. Words are simply couriers or messengers that are obedient to us. We pour our own spirit into our words; our own perspective.

Words can focus on us or on others. They can build up or tear down. Words can deliver healing or deliver wounds. We have to choose what it will be.

Here are three lessons or principles that will help us tame our tongue.

  1. Practice Expressing Appreciation

Romans 12:21 says, “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” The only way to neutralize evil is to replace it by actively doing something good. We have to replace the mistakes by actually complimenting and building others up.

If we cannot say anything good, neutralize that tendency by consciously saying something good. If we are always running people down, neutralize that now by building somebody up. Neutralization does not happen just by sitting back and doing nothing. We have to practice expressing appreciation.

“Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances” (Prov. 25:11).

  1. Dedicate Our Thoughts to God Today

Our actions and words also need to be pleasing to the Lord. If our thoughts please Him, everything else will follow suit. What is on our minds and in our hearts is more important to God. He does not look on the outside, as man does; God looks at our hearts. We have to make sure our hearts are right.

Sometimes we come to premature conclusions. We archived these conclusions and they caused us to become opinionated, bitter people. God tells us to be careful how we process things on the inside because sooner or later, they will come out of our mouths.

“The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth what is good; and the evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth what is evil; for his mouth speaks from that which fills his heart” (Luke 6:45).

  1. Commit to Make Wrong Things Right

Sometimes people set a goal in life to make no mistakes. That will not work; if that is our goal—to not make mistakes—then we will not make any contributions, either.

We will make mistakes, but we are not to leave them as mistakes. We are to correct them! Otherwise, our words will go out with barbs wounding people and we will not even know it. If we make a mistake, God says, “Make it right.”

We need to understand the power of words. Then, when God speaks, we will understand and we can catch the power of His words. We can heed His warning and we know what to do. Let us be a people that God not only speaks to, but speaks through. Let Him speak through us so that we may help deliver life to others.

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