Words equal actions. What comes from our mouths enters our ears and the ears of others. We hear the words, and they go to our brains which files them in our soul. Our soul then turns the words into truths, which turn into actions. Wow! That can be a scary thought if your words don’t speak life.
I’m as guilty as the next person for not paying closer attention to what comes out of my mouth. I know the words we speak are powerful, and I’ve even written about this subject several times. The Power of Words, Your Words Are Powerful, Actions Speak Louder Than Words, and How Three Words Changed Everything are a few posts I’ve written on the subject. You would think that I would be better at choosing my words since I’ve written about the issue so much.
This past week, I watched a sermon by my favorite Pastor about Faith Talk. I listen to sermons a lot when I travel, so this was the one that I started listening to on the way home from taking my daughter to the airport last week. I haven’t even finished the sermon yet, but it has already made an impression on me.
Then, I opened an app on my phone with daily scripture and a short devotional. If you guessed that it was about words, then you would be correct. The devotional talked about how the Lord created the entire world by His words. It also mentioned how Jesus used His words to heal the sick, stop a storm, cast out demons, and raise Lazarus from the dead.
I don’t think that “my” words hold the same power as the Lords, but they are powerful to me and those around me.
21 The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
We all understand the difference between life and death, but did you know that the tongue has the power over them? We know that the Lord’s words had the power over life and death, but our words also contain power. Our words have the power to give hope when someone is in despair. When we talk to a friend, we can speak words of encouragement that can change the course of their lives.
Our words can also destroy relationships. If you say things in anger that you don’t mean, you can apologize and hope the person forgives you. But, you can never take back the hateful words, and they may never be truly forgotten. I’m sure that we have all said hurtful words to our spouses, family, friends, and children and immediately regretted what came out of our mouths. We were probably stressed, tired, upset, or venting, but that doesn’t change what we said.
36 But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.
If you can read Matthew 12:36 and not be shaken to the core, then your words have been better controlled than mine. I am usually slow to anger, and I hate confrontation, so I don’t say many hateful words. However, I think them, and that is just as bad. Also, I’ve listened to and even spread gossip, and I am sure those words are not what I want to be brought up on judgment day.
While we can’t take back words that we’ve spoken in the past, we can ask for forgiveness and move forward. One day at a time is how you change. Start paying attention to what you say, and when you slip up, immediately correct the issue right then. The more you correct yourself, the quicker you will develop a habit of only speaking life-giving and uplifting words.
Speak life into your faith! Speak life into your marriage! Speak life into your health! Speak life into your children! Speak life into your finances! Speak life into your friends! Speak life into YOU! Choose to SPEAK LIFE and watch the change that happens around you.
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!