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The Power of Our Words
Psalm 19:14. Is our focus Verse: “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD”
There’s saying that goes somewhat like this: Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Unfortunately, this childish chant is not a true saying. To get hit with a stick may bruise our body for a few days, but words can bruise our spirit for many years. Our words have power: power to hurt, and power to heal.
To understand this power we have only to look at a mother cuddling a child, cooing words of love and comfort; or, in contrast, listen to the angry outburst as two people let raw emotions spill out into an argument.
I read a story of a young lady once shared the pain of her father’s final words to her. They were not words of love but a bitter outpouring of rage and anger at the turns in his personal life. Unable to accept the blame for his own actions, he was transferring the blame to his child. That hurt of those final words stayed locked inside her heart for years!
In that same blog, there was another person relating the crushing blow as a child of hearing his father say, “I hate you.” Words can definitely crush the spirit. ETC.
Proverbs 12:18, “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health” (New King James Version).
There are six rhetorical questions I want to ask you: 1) was there a time in your life when the words of another deeply wounded you? 2) What impact did their words have upon your life? 3) Briefly relate a time when you were the one who spoke words of hurt or anger? 4) Do you feel your words caused harm to that person? 5) In both instances, how did the hurtful things said affect your relationship? 6) How did you each of you respond?
James recognized the impact of our speech on others. His letter paints strong word pictures as he admonishes us as the children of God:
James 3:10 “Out of the same mouth proceeds blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening?” New King James Version).
The word conversation in the New Testament does not refer to our speech as much as our conduct or behavior.
Ephesians 2:3 (KJV) Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Ephesians 4:22 (KJV) That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts;
Philippians 1:27 (KJV) Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ: that whether I come and see you, or else be absent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel;
The two are closely related. Our “speech” reflects our “conversation/behavior” because it shows what is in our hearts.
At your leisure, Read Matthew 12:35 and 15:18-20. They talks about the things that proceed from a man’s heart. Someone has stated that our words are a window into our heart. ETC.
Usual Angry words spills from an angry heart. In contrast, a profane person uses vile speech. A loving person speaks gracious words of love and goodness. We have the power to choose our words! Folk that we meet can usual tell if we are Christians by our speech/words as well as our actions. Both can enhance or destroy our witness as a child of God, Paul says in...
Colossians 4:5-6 admonishes us to: “Walk in wisdom toward those who are outside, redeeming the time. Let your speech (words) always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.” (Do we miss the mark sometimes)? Do a little…
Life Reflection: Think back over some of your conversations during the past week. Were your words sweet or bitter? Did they build up or tear down? Encourage or discourage? Think about it! Were they, Praise or criticism? Show respect or disrespect? Display purity or profanity, Christianity or hypocrisy? Do I display more positive or negative patterns of speech? In James…
James (3:8) warns that “the tongue can no man tame” But, fortunately for us, the Spirit of God in our lives can control even this unruly tongue! Somebody ought to give Him a praise!
It’s no coincidence that God chose the tongue as a sign of the infilling of His Spirit as we yield ourselves to Him, at the same time, we also yield control of our speech patterns to the spirit of God. Isa. Tells us…
Isaiah 28:11 (KJV) For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. ETC.
Acts 2:4 (KJV) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Conclusion: My prayer is for the whole household of God will take the preacher serious: (Solomon) If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Lord, I realize that there is power in the words that I speak. I pray that my words will build up not tear down, bless rather than curse, encourage not discourage. All I’m trying to say is…Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (KJV)
Let Your Spirit take full control of my life; when I’m being reticule, talked about; let me promote; HUMILITY, HARMONY, and HOLINESS.
God told me to tell ‘a it’s not about Him; but it’s about me, and you lining up with His word. I heard David say in his writing…
Psalm 145:17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. I Hear Him say, Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. ETC.