The damage caused by spiteful words can cause immense damage.
Is there any power in our words? Does it matter what we say? You have probably heard the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me“. Maybe someone said it to you as a child to cheer you up when people were making fun of you. But if you’ve ever had that said to you, you’ll know it rings hollow. The damage caused by sticks and stones will heal, but the damage caused by spiteful words can cause immense damage that can affect someone for a long time, possibly their whole life – words do indeed carry power.
We should not base what we believe on other people’s opinions.
Can words do more than just hurt your feelings or cause emotional damage though? Most people would say “No!” and would probably laugh at the concept. Even to many Christians, the concept of words carrying any real power is laughable. However, we should not base what we believe on other people’s opinions, or on what the world thinks makes sense. We should base what we believe on what the Word of God actually says. Read through Genesis chapter 1 and notice how many times the phrase “and God said” appears. Every time God created something, He did it by speaking words. The same principal was true in the earthly life of Jesus. For example, how did Jesus calm the storm? By speaking to it! You may be thinking, “Yes, but that was Jesus, I couldn’t calm a storm!” Well if that’s true, why did Jesus chastise His disciples for having little faith? If they could not have spoken to the storm themselves, what were they supposed to do – other than wake Him up? Jesus was using the power of the tongue, the power of words, and His disciples could have done exactly the same thing.
Jesus did not speak idle words, if He said it, then He meant it.
Not convinced yet? Let’s look at something Jesus said in Mark 11:23, “For verily I say unto you, that whosoever shall say unto this mountain, be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith“. Jesus said, that if we believe that the things we say will happen, we shall have whatever we say, and if Jesus said it, it must be true. You can’t just dismiss what Jesus said by saying, “Yeah, but….“. Jesus did not speak idle words, if He said it, then He meant it. The key, is in believing that what we say will come to pass. It’s probably already been working for you on the negative side. How many times have you said (or heard others say) phrases like: “Every winter I always get a bad cold” or, “It always rains when I have a day off work” or, “Every time we go on holiday (vacation) the kids always get sick“, “This always gives me a headache“? And sure enough, it happens every time. But you’ve probably seen it as you being proved right, rather than realising that it was your words that caused those things to come to pass. The truth is, that you believed that what you said would come to pass, and you got what you said – just as Jesus said you would. There are also many other verses in the Bible that talk about the power of words, here are just a few:
- “There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.” Proverbs 12:18
- “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Proverbs 18:21
- “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” Proverbs 21:23
- “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37
The key to your future is in what you speak today.
Words carry immense power – it makes a big difference what you say. What you have today was built by what you said yesterday, so begin to watch what you’re saying. If you make a mistake and say something you wish you hadn’t said, simply say, “No, I rebuke those words, that is not coming to pass“. Begin to speak the Word of God, say what He says about you and start believing that it’s true. The key to your future is in what you speak today.
For further study on this topic, which will help develop your faith in the power of words, so you can begin to recognise positive words and learn how to speak in line with what God has said, I can highly recommend the book below.
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