Recently, my husband and I had a conversation about words. You know words we speak over a situation, a person, a thing we don’t agree with. Out of those conversations, God has really revealed something to me and made me look carefully about the words that I’m speaking. Often we don’t realize that sometimes we say things, even if it is in a flippant kind of way, those words are damaging not just to the situation, but to us as well.
Proverbs 18:21 (MSG) Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.
When I started to meditate on that scripture, I realize the powerful truth in that scripture. The words we speak give power and action to work in someone’s life. Words can encourage, but they can also damage. Words can bring joy, but also pain. Words can build up a person, but they can also tear them down. Words can encourage a person to give life to what God has put in them or it can keep them from it. But I would take it a step further and say that it could also kill that very spirit in them. That spirit of possibilities, the faith in God’s word. It can cause doubt, fear and even the person thinking they are not qualified. It’s a spiritual death and our words can be the weapon.
When our words are affirming, encouraging and edifying then that takes away all those fears, doubts and causes faith to rise. It causes that person to believe that they ARE able and that with God the impossible is the possible. That is what I want my words to be; life giving and building.
Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
The power of our words is greater than what can fathom. God spoke and created the world. The prophet Elijah prayed and it did not rain for 3 years. Jesus Himself was the word that became flesh. Satan also used words to deceive. Those are just a few examples we can look to.
I challenge you to take a look at the words you speak, whether it is in a situation or about a person. What kind of words are they? Are they life or are they death? I’ll be honest, it’s hard and I’m still working on it, but day by day it’s getting easier. One thing I have realized is when my words are full of life, love and grace, my spirit is so much joyful. That is a wonderful thing to experience daily knowing I have the choice to be joyful or joyless.
I’d like to just end with a prayer: Thank you Father for You are gracious and merciful. I repent for every word I have spoken that was not life giving. I ask you Father to help me speak words that you would speak. Words full of life, grace and love. In Jesus name, Amen.