Are you aware of the power of the tongue? The Word of God says that God made us in His image. He gave humans the capacity to think, imagine, create, and bring what they dream to pass. Therefore, every word we speak has power, power for good or for evil.
We have been blessed to receive the abilities that God Himself has. The Book of Genesis reveals that the universe and all that is in it was created by the spoken word of God. God said and it came to pass. It is this same power that God has passed on to us through the power of the tongue. We need to use this power vested in us with great wisdom and a lot of caution. The Word warns us that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]”, says Proverbs 18:21.
We are answerable to God for every word we have spoken. Matthew 12:36-37 states, “But I tell you, on the Day of Judgment men will have to give account for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. For by the words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced.”
Watch the words that come out of your mouth. They reveal a lot more than an angry disposition. “The upright (honourable, intrinsically good) man out of the good treasure (stored) in his heart produces what is upright (honourable and intrinsically good), and the evil man out of the evil storehouse brings forth that which is depraved (wicked and intrinsically evil); for out of the abundance (overflow) of the heart, his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45)
Now that you know that every word you speak is going to bring blessings or curses, what would you rather choose? Good words and blessing or evil words and curses?
Words Shape Us
Many of us will have memories of when someone who spoke evil and demeaning words to us. Perhaps it was a parent who said, “You are good for nothing!” or an elder who said, “I knew you will never amount to much in life!” I am sure you remember how hearing those words felt like. You may be thinking to yourself, “How could I forget?” Who can forget words that killed our spirit, words that burnt the will to do good or do better and curbed our personal growth? Well, such is the power of words!
Teachers have a much greater responsibility. The Word says, “We [teachers] will be judged by a higher standard and with greater severity [than other people; thus we assume the greater accountability and the more condemnation].” (James 3:1) Why is this so? It is because God has entrusted the care of little children or growing up teenagers into the hands of teachers. God wants teachers to tend their hearts and spirits with positivity that will help each of them to bloom and grow into the persons God ordained them to become.
Every day we are presented with the opportunity to make this world a better place with good words that uplift, edify and help others become better persons. The other alternative is not so desirable… it is that of making the world a bitter place with words full of venom, pride and hate, which in turn makes others bitter too. If you had a choice, who would you choose to be… Would you be like Abraham Lincoln or would you rather be like Hitler? The difference between good and evil is always stark… and it is so with our words too.
It’s Not Too Late
Speaking good and kind words to others when you are yourself going through the worst ordeal of your life can be very difficult. In fact, it would have to be counted as a sacrifice, and doing so will certainly bring on blessings on you because God sees your hurt and pain and the effort you are making to do something good for another in spite of your pain. He will bless you for it. No good deed or kind words spoken in season will go unblessed. As the Word says, “As you sow so shall you reap.”
Do not despair if you realize now that you have been speaking failure and despair into your own life and the lives of others around you. Repent of the harsh words you have spoken and ask God for grace and wisdom to make amends wherever you have done wrong. You can go one step further by learning to speak good, kind and positive words at every opportunity.
“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my [firm, impenetrable] Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) (Amp)
As one candle when lit can dispel the darkness, your good words can begin to spread goodwill, love, joy and peace wherever you go.
Written by Henrietta Decruz.