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Words Have Power

Yes, Easter has passed but not the effectiveness of its impact on the lives of many. Just think, whatever pain you may have experienced on the road of life Jesus understands. One of the last words He spoke was, “I am with you always.” (Mat. 28:20). That simple word brings such hope and comfort! And so it is with us. As our lives takes us in many directions, how we interact with others says a lot about who we are. What we speak is so important we must remember that words do leave a lasting impression.

Some years ago, I took a speech class while attending college. One of the things that was heavily expressed was the importance of our words. Words are like containers; you throw them out into the atmosphere, only to never be able to retrieve the effect of your original words again. When people allow their tongues to be razor sharp, one must remind themselves to display Christ and speak as a Christ-follower.

Jesus thought words to be important because the word ‘words’ is used 424 times in scripture. Of course, the most important are God’s Words. Deuteronomy 11:18-21 (NIV): “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Teach them to your children, talking about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates, so that your days and the days of your children may be many in the land that the Lord swore to give your forefathers, as many as the days that the heavens are above the earth.”

Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. When our heart is right our words will be right. But if the attitude of our hearts is negative than negativity will come forth. Three things to remember about the power of words: (1) Let your words be seasoned with the Grace of God; (2) Be mindful of what you hear; (3) Be thoughtful of the words you repeat. Your words have more power than you realize.

Words go both ways, not only to speak but to also be willing to listen to others. There are times that a person does not need us to speak, and being a listening ear is more beneficial than us thinking we have all the lofty answers. When I was a young child my grandmother would always tell me; “Gail, God gave you two ears to listen and one mouth to speak!” A truly wise person uses few words... Proverbs 17:27 (NLT) “There are time when our silence gives the other person time to think and speak.”

Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Words can build up, tear down, offend others, be a creative force, or be destructive. And if you flip the coin, words can bring forth healing of a person’s spirit, give hope, spread knowledge, and provide encouragement and peace. “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of mine heart be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord my strength, and my redeemer.” Psalms 19:14.