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Your Words Matter

The Power of Our Words - inspired by James 3:5-12

Your Words Matter
Your Words Matter

“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24)

Sticks and Stones

When I was a child, one of the ways we used to defend ourselves from people who called us names was a little rhyme that said, “sticks and stones may break my bones, but calling names won’t hurt me!” Sometimes it was good because it stopped the name caller, but other times more often than not, it really didn’t work. It wasn’t ‘just a name’ and actually, the name was painful. It was often accompanied by a whole barrage of nasty unkind words that surely did hurt. Often the wounds made by these words, though not visible were more painful than being hurt physically, and they didn’t always heal or heal properly.

Positive Power of Encouraging Words

I also remember what I felt like when a teacher, one of my parents, and even friends or family said kind words, and words of praise for hard work or acknowledging an achievement. I will not forget how I felt as a 12 year old when I got to shake the hand of a past British Prime Minister, who came to our school speech day.

I had been selected as one of the children in my year group that had worked hard and achieved good grades. I was awarded a prize by the school and the prize was presented by this man I had only seen on TV. I don’t remember the speech this important politician made or much else about the evening in Sheffield City Hall, but I do remember the three words he said as he smiled, shook my hand and presented me with the prize. He said; “Congratulations! Well done!”

I’m sure he said the same to everyone else, but at that moment, I felt very special, encouraged, and on top of the world because not only had my effort been rewarded, but a very important politician shook my hand and said well done!

The Unruly, Untameable, Evil & Poisonous Tongue

You might not be a very important politician, but your words are powerful and they do matter. James 3:1-12 speaks about the unruly, untameable, evil, and poisonous tongue. Verse 10 of James 3 says, “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” What a graphic description‬‬!
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Sincerely Kind and Gracious Words

Proverbs 16:24 tells us that gracious words are a honeycomb sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Now that’s a powerful thought! Most of us like something that has a sweet taste as opposed to something bitter tasting, and healing of bones doesn’t happen overnight but it takes time. These words in Proverbs were written by a very wise man, and he captured well the picture of kind, gracious words and their effect. If we study the Bible we will see that both the Old and New Testaments have a lot to say about our words and their effects. ‬‬‬‬‬‬

“For, whoever would love life and see good days must keep their tongue from evil and their lips from deceitful speech.” (1 Peter‬ ‭3:10‬)

Jesus said, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” – (Matthew‬ ‭15:11)‬‬ (This is something we often forget when we speak, especially when we speak in anger)‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” (Proverbs‬ ‭21:23‬)

These are just a few scriptures that show how our words matter to God, and to the life we live as his children here on earth. The following poem is written as a reminder of some of these scriptures, and of the effect of our words.


You may think your words don’t matter
Indeed, oh friend they do!
In a moment you can build up or shatter
With words that come from you

Power of death and life are in the tongue
Those who love it will eat its fruit
What is said  may not seem very wrong
In fact it may even seem cute

Indeed, It only takes a spark remember,
to start a forest fire
Careless words, just like an ember
ignite, sending word-flames higher.

By our speech we can ruin a person’s world
Peace and calm all at a loss
Release destruction, with angry words unfurled
Turning harmony into chaos

You can tame a tiger, but you can’t tame a tongue
Truly, it never has been done
The same small member with which praise to God is sung
Is used to undermine and destroy someone

Cursing and blessings from the same tongue!
In one breath praise, yet the next sows discord
A wild orchard of ripe fruit overhung
Scattering it’s seeds for miles abroad

Friend, let your conversation be pleasing to the Lord
Ancient treasure from the mighty deep
Your words like a rare gift no price can afford
And a resource the hearer will gratefully keep

You may think your words don’t matter
Indeed, oh friend they do!
In a moment you can build up or shatter
With words that come from you

Words That Are  Intentional, Life-Giving and Life-Changing 

Jesus is one of our greatest examples. He used his words intentionally and with authority. He says in Matthew 24:35 “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my words shall not pass away.” When we say something we cannot unsay it, or take it back. Our words will linger long after we’ve forgotten about them and we are no more.

They may even be passed on from one generation to the next. Let’s make our words count because they are Proverbs 16:24 words that reflect the wisdom of God’s Kingdom, because in this present time the world needs to hear life changing, and life giving words from you and me. Fundamentally, because your words have power, they do matter.




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