The Words We Speak

Words are powerful. They can cut like a knife or they can soothe like a salve. It’s how people use words that matter.

Ask the 10-year-old boy whose father constantly tells him he won’t amount to anything. Ask the 15-year-old girl whose classmates call her fat just because she doesn’t fit their image.

On the flip side, ask an alcoholic who attends AA meetings and is encouraged daily or weekly to continue the healing process. Ask a grieving widow who clings to scripture that gives her hope she will see her husband again.

We can speak life. We can speak death.

In Luke 6:45 we’re told that the mouth speaks what the heart is full of (NIV). What does this mean? It means that whatever is in your heart could eventually come out of your mouth. If your heart is pure and set on good things, positive words will come out of your mouth when you speak. If your heart is hurting and bitter, chances are you will speak negatively to others or about others.

I’ve heard the phrase “hurting people hurt people”. When we’re hurting, sometimes we hurt others in the process. It can be by our actions, but I’d say most often it’s with our words. Our anger directed at someone can come out at an innocent person caught in the crossfire. We might not even know we’re doing it.

The mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

What words are you speaking lately? Are they helpful? Encouraging? Or are they bitter and spiteful? I encourage you to examine your heart. Take your thoughts captive to Jesus and if there’s anything offensive inside of you, ask Him to reveal it and hand it over to Him.

Then begin to speak words of life. Ask God what to say before you say it. Ask Him for the words. He will give them to you. Never underestimate the power of the tongue. Allow God to use you for His good and for His glory.

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