Words have power. They are more than just mere noises. They build others up or tear them down. They create or they destroy. We should all take stock of the words we speak and the power they wield over others.
What the Bible Says About the Power of Words
From the fruit of their mouth a person’s stomach is filled; with the harvest of their lips they are satisfied. The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs 18:20-21 NIV
The Bible tells us that our tongue has the power of life and death. It can be used for good or evil. It is all about the words we say and how we say them. Therefore, we should give ample thought before we speak.
Just to put more emphasis on the power of words, look at what Jesus said:
But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37 NIV
I don’t know about you, but I’m feeling a little concerned. And a little convicted. I’m not always as careful as I should be about what I say. Being reminded of just how powerful words are and that I’ll be condemned or acquitted by my words is quite sobering.
I’m sure we can all remember words spoken to us in haste that sting to this day when we think back to them.
I need to be a lot more careful about what I say.
Using the Power of Words Wisely
Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything. Proverbs 13:3 NLT
There is incredible power in words. They can inspire, uplift and encourage or they can ruin everything. I want to use my words wisely. I want to speak life into others.