The Power of Words

Language is one of the main ways by which we communicate with one another. We use words to express our thoughts, ideas and emotions. We can use our words to either build up or tear down both ourselves and each other. The Bible has a lot to say about what we say, so let’s dive right in.

Use Your Words Wisely

“The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
Proverbs 18:21 NIV

Words are containers of power. They carry the power to bless and the power to curse. God Himself used words to set the universe in motion (Gen. 1:3). If God uses His words to create, then we also have that same ability.

Speak Out What You Believe

“It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak.”
2 Corinthians 4:13 NIV

It is so critical that we not only read God’s word in our heads but that we also declare it out of our mouths. I often speak out God’s promises over myself and others because of the faith that is in my heart. Just as it is the case when we are saved that we believe in our hearts and consequently confess with our mouths (Rom. 10:9-10), so also I believe in my heart that God will fulfill His promises and therefore speak it out as if it had already been done.

Honor God With Your Words

“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.”
Ephesians 4:29 NIV

It is very commonplace in our world to gossip and slander others. But as believers, we are called to use our words to bless and uplift others.

“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
James 4:9-10 NIV

God grieves when we use our words to curse and tear down others. I have struggled with this, and I have learned that it is best to ask the Holy Spirit to give you a conscious awareness of the words that you speak and the impact that they have. When I first discovered that the Bible has a lot to say about what we say, I started to think, “If Jesus was in the room with me, would I say this in front of Him?” Even though Jesus is not physically in the room with me, He lives in me and He knows what I am saying. This new perspective of becoming more aware of His presence enabled me to have the desire of honoring Him with the words that I speak.

Use Your Words to Encourage Others

“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweet and delightful to the soul and healing to the body.”
Proverbs 16:24 AMP

Kind words can make such a positive impact on someone’s life. Someone may remember something nice that someone said to them that may change the way they look at themselves. It is so important that we make the most of every opportunity to be kind to one another. If you see beauty in someone else, speak it out loud over them. In doing so, this will plant a seed into the other person’s heart which has the power to eventually reap a plentiful harvest.

“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
Proverbs 12:25

Kind words may be just what a person needs to hear. Someone may be going through a difficult circumstance or they may be having a bad day, but some sweet words of encouragement can lighten their mood and take the load off. Ask the Holy Spirit if there are specific words that He would like you to say to them so that they can be blessed.

Our words have a tremendous impact on ourselves and others. They can be used for blessing or for cursing. It is essential that we are vigilant in regards to what comes out of our mouth. For, “Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt. 12:34). The words that we speak are a direct reflection of what is truly in our hearts.

Here is a Scripture that you can pray to ensure that the words that you speak are honoring to God.

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.”
Psalm 19:4 ESV