The words you speak (or write) are powerful. Their impact is greater than you imagine. They go farther, last longer and hit with more force than you realize.
Choose Your Words Wisely
The Bible tells us:
The tongue has the power of life and death… Proverbs 18:21 NIV
This is so true. Think about it. People come to know Jesus by hearing the gospel message preached, thereby gaining eternal life. However, they are also led away from God by negative and destructive words too. What greater power can words have?
Our words are like a sculptor’s knife. They shape our world and the people around us.
The words you speak to your spouse, your children, your coworkers and yourself chisel either life or death, positive or negative all around you.
James, the brother of Jesus, reminds us:
And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. James 3:4 NLT
The rudder of your life is your tongue. It has more power than you think. It can turn things around even when the winds seem to be working against you.
Look at your marriage, your family, your career and your other circumstances. The truth is, the condition of your life is largely due to the words you speak.
For the last two weekends at church, my pastor has challenged us to check our words by being sure we can say this behind every statement we utter:
“…and that’s the way I want it.”
Stop and think about this for a minute. Wouldn’t putting this at the end of everything you say drastically change your words for the better?
The Bible says:
From the fruit of his mouth a man eats what is good…
Proverbs 13:2 ESV
In other words, you reap what you sow. If you want a good harvest, then sow words of encouragement, praise and respect. Choose your words wisely.
Our Words Determine Our Destiny
Jesus appreciates the power of words. Look at what He had to say on this subject:
Let me tell you something: Every one of these careless words is going to come back to haunt you. There will be a time of Reckoning. Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation. Matthew 12:36-37 MSG
Pretty sobering, huh? Jesus leaves little room for debate. Words are more powerful than you think. I want to copy Jesus and respect the influence my words have for good and evil. May our words give life.