The Power of Words

May 4, 2012

Ecclesiastes 10:12
The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.

The Power of Words

Words can be so powerful that once there was a man who was called “the Word”.  John 1:1-5 says, ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”  Take special note of the creative power of  “the Word”.  It was Christ, the creative word of faith, spoken out of the mouth of the Father that brought all of creation into being and it is by the current and everlasting power of that word that every molecule and atom is held in perfect alignment and place.  Christ is the power of the Word made manifest in all of creation.  This same Word came dwealt among us in the man, Jesus.   Is it any wonder that the power of His Word and the Word of God birthed out of the Spirit of God still carries the power to transform and change lives today.  His Word never grows old or obsolete and its power never ceases.  We, as believers, are the product of that Word and that Word is alive, living in us and is still transforming us from day to day, unto the day of the Lord.
Matthew 24:25, Jesus says this, “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.”  The words of Jesus posses an everlasting life of their own and as such they have the power to impart life and transform the recipient who receives and believes them in faith.
If God’s Word has such power and we were created in His image then know that the words you speak have power as well.  Most of us are familiar with Proverbs 18:21 which says, ” The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences. (NLT)”  The Word of God lets us know that even our words have the power of death and life. The words of your mouth are a two-edged sword. They can kill or they can give life. You can emotionally assault, maim and murder without ever raising your hand or you can give words of healing, hope and life. The tongue is a sharp instrument. Use it wisely, carefully and always in love.  Most of us know this through our own experiences. We have all been on the giving and receiving end of words that either built us up or tore us down.  We have felt how deep words could inflict their wounds into our heart.  When these come, especially from one we love or respect, they pierce our heart like a sword.  We don’t just erase them from our memory banks, but they play over and over again.  Often these wounds then become infected with bitterness, resentment, unforgiveness, offense or shame, guilt, condemnation and the destruction of self worth.  People have committed suicide based upon the words that others spoke to them.  In our tongue we even have the power to murder and take life, if not physically, then emotionally.  We wouldn’t give a gun to an emotionally distraught person, but they often use their tongue as that weapon to vehemently vomit cursing, criticism, condemnation, ridicule and debasement upon the object of their scorn and anger.  Their tongue becomes the weapon of death as they swing it wildly with all abandon of good sense; cutting and whacking away at whatever they can to cut down their opponent.  Have we ever committed murder with our tongue?
Remember what James 6:3-12 says about the tongue?  “When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? My brothers, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”  You see the tongue becomes the expression of the emotions of the heart and if the heart is not ruled by “the Word” and led by the Spirit of God, it can be immensely destructive.
On the other hand, the heart and life that is ruled by the Word of God and led by the Holy Spirit has at its disposal those same creative words of life that Jesus spoke.  That Word in us, energized by the power of the Spirit has the same power that Jesus had when He spoke as “the Word”, made flesh.
Many of us struggle with our tongue which is only the manifestation of deeper issues of our heart.  Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.”   The Lord wants to help heal and deliver us from those places where maybe our hearts have been wounded and out of that woundedness we lash out on others from our pain.  They may even be the cause of that pain, but Jesus wants to bring us into higher way.
Here is the instruction we receive in Romans 12:17-21, “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord. On the contrary:
“If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink.
In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”  Father God wants to suck the poison out of hearts and replace it with His love.  That love will rule not only our hearts, but our tongues.  Allow Him to heal your heart today and put within your mouth the words of life and not death.


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