We all know the saying “Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me.” Now that I’m older, I look back and realize how that might have been a cute little rhyme or reason but really does not make any sense. Because we all know that bones heal over time but words have a lasting impression on us. How powerful are our words? Well Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of the tongue. So we can either speak life into our own situations and others or we can speak death. A great example of this is how God spoke the world into existence in Genesis 1. We find another example of this when Jesus cursed the fig tree and it died from the root (See Mark 11:12-14, 20-24). There are a few points about the power of our words that I would like to make.
1) You say what’s in your heart.
Your words and attitudes are a reflection of your heart. Jesus said it this way “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Solomon charges us to guard our hearts above all else because out of it flows the issues of life (See Proverbs 4:23). We need to be extremely careful of what we allow to enter into our hearts. If we are not careful, we could be setting ourselves up for disaster. This is why David pleaded with God to create in him a clean heart and renew a steadfast spirit inside of him (See Psalms 51:10). That should be our prayer everyday.
2) God is Word.
John 1:1 says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” In other words, God can’t bless corrupt word when He is the Holy Word. Ephesians 4:29 tells us to not let any corrupt word come out of our mouth but only that which is good for edification, building each other up that it might impart grace. So if you can’t impart grace on the situation then it would be best if you just shut up. My parents used to say it this way “If you can’t say anything nice then don’t say nothing at all.” Whenever you speak unwholesome words the Holy Spirit withdraws His manifest presence because He can’t abide in corrupt communication. This is why James says be quick to listen and slow to speak (See James 1:19). So next time when you are about to say something, think about the truth that Jesue is the Word and what would He think about your words.
3) You speak what you believe.
I just recently heard Craig Groeschel say “That we speak boldly about what we believe deeply.” The example he used was from Acts 4 when Peter and John were brought before the Sanhedrin after healing a man that was born lame for over 40 years. Peter and John told them that they could not help but speak about what they believed (See Acts 4:19-20). This is why Paul tells us in Romans that if we confess with our mouth and believe in our heart, we will be (See Romans 10:9). Paul goes on to tell us in 2 Corithians 4:13 “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” This is so true, If you don’t like what you see then just change what you believe which will change what you say thus changing what you become. As a man thinks in his heart so is he (See Proverbs 23:7)
So be careful little mouth what you say!