“The tongue has the power of life and death.” - Proverbs 18:21.
Our words have great power. Power to bring life, and power to bring death. The spoken word, the written word, the e-mailed word, the face-booked word, the tweeted word, and the texted word all have great power and influence.
We all have been hurt by someone else’s words. Maybe it was your dad’s words, your mom’s words, or a supposed friend’s words. Maybe it was when you found out others were talking about you behind your back or possibly it was a Facebook message or a text. Words can and do inflict more pain than the biggest stick or the heaviest stone could ever cause.
We also have experienced the power of the kind, encouraging, life-giving words.
The words you speak each day have great power, but our words are the hardest thing in life for us to manage. Check out what James said about the unruly nature of our tongues: James 3:7 All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by human beings, 8 but no one can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Everyday you have the power to speak life or to speak death. The power to bless, to encourage and the power to curse and cut down.
This past Sunday we started a series of messages on our words at my church. In light of the great power of our words I shared these three thoughts about the use of our words.
- Recognize the power of your words! Life and death are in the power of the tongue. Your words have the power to bless or to curse.
- Realize the importance God places on the use of our words. “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.” - Jesus
- Repent of the sin of your tongue. Repent means to turn around. Go in a different direction.