The Power of Our Words
Our words say a lot about who we are and what we believe. Our initial impression of a person is often determined by the first few words that exit from his or her mouth. On average, we speak almost 10,000 words per day. That is a good 400 words every hour! The Bible teaches us that “out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45) Our speech is a reflection of what is in our hearts. It is no wonder that in Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus, he specifically emphasized the importance of speech for one who has been born again in Ephesians 4:29-31:
29 Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.
30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption.
31 Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice.
As believers, our testimony for Christ is largely dependent on that 10,000 words we speak every day. The perception of our faith by our family and friends is contingent on what we communicate knowingly or unknowingly. We cannot claim to be a new person in Christ if we do not watch what we say. Let us take heed of what the Word of God says in very strong words, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue, this person’s religion is worthless.” (James 1:26)
Our words affect us and those around us. Words are not neutral. In fact, the Word of God often highlights the power that our words have. In Proverbs 18:20-21, we learn that “Life and death are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits.” Our words can either be a tree of life to someone or it can break their spirit and destroy them. (Proverbs 15:4)
Not only do our words have an impact on situations outside of us, our words can also defile us from within! The word of God in Matthew 15:11 teaches us that “A man is defiled by what comes out from his mouth and not that which enters it.” Since faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), disbelief and doubt enter our lives when we speak out things that are not grounded in His truth.
Lastly, not only do our words have an impact on the here and now, we ought to know that we will be judged by our words on the day of judgment. The word of God clearly teaches us that on the day of judgment, we will have to give an account for every careless word we have spoken. We are either justified or condemned through our words (Matthew 12:36-37). As the adage goes, “Great power comes with great responsibility”. The level of accountability that God expects of us only goes to show how much power our speech yields.
Let us pray.
Dear Lord, please forgive me for every careless word that I have uttered. Fill me with your Holy Spirit daily so that I am able to be a great testimony for You through my speech of love and life. I pray that as I make a conscious effort to speak only what You would, people around me will be blessed and they will be drawn close to You through me. Let my words be those that bring Your life and truth to others and that they come to believe in You through my spirit-filled speech. In Jesus’ Name I pray. Amen.