The power of words

“You are ugly.” – “You are beautiful.” – “There is hope.” –  “All is lost.” – “I love you.” – “It is finished.”

These are all words. These words mean something. Indeed all words mean something. What we say (and how we say it) has the power to bring hope and meaning to people’s lives. Our words also have power to tear down, discourage, misdirect and malign.

What do you do with your words? Scripture says that one day we will all give an account for every empty or idle word that is spoken (Jesus – see Matthew 12:36).

Every day is filled with words. Some people speak and write many more of them than others. But our days and moments are filled with speaking and listening to and considering words.

Words are formulated within the mind and heart of the speaker (and hearer!). Know this: Jesus told us that out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. If we are speaking idle and empty words, does this mean that there is emptiness or “idleness” (idolatry?) in our hearts? So how did we arrive at a place where what is inside of us in happy or sad, joyful or bitter, angry or gentle etc?

What we put in our hearts by means of looking at, listening to and considering is that which ultimately abides in our hearts. If we are listening to words of Truth (the Bible, the revelation of the Holy Spirit) then out of those things our own words will be formed. If we are listening to words of anger and hate, then out of those things our own words will be formed.

Not only should we consider what words we are entertaining from others, but also what words we speak unto others. With our very words we can impact another’s life for eternity. With our words (and behaviors too!) we can share Christ and bring hope into people’s lives or we can live for self and the world (in agreement with the Enemy) and actually point people towards hell.

What words are you listening to? (On Facebook, in conversation, via entertainment choices, the news, the Bible, prayer, preaching, etc)

What words are you speaking? (God’s words, God’s truth, opinion, fear, worldly thoughts, hope, discouragement, etc)

How can you change what words you listen to and what words you speak today?

Here are a few words from Christian artist TobyMac about the power of our words:

“Though it’s crazy, amazing
We can turn a heart with the words we say.
Mountains crumble with every syllable.
Hope can live or die

So speak life, speak life.
To the deadest darkest night.
Speak life, speak life.
When the sun won’t shine and you don’t know why.
Look into the eyes of the brokenhearted;
Watch them come alive as soon as you speak hope,
You speak love, you speak…
You speak life”

May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 19:14


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