More and more, I am coming to understand that what we say is powerful to change the direction and outcome of our lives. Jesus said, “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” I used to think that meant a person’s actions revealed his heart, and that is an application, but the primary application is that we are guided by our hearts. Jesus also said, “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks.” When we put those two Scriptures together, we can rightly conclude that if we get our heart full of the word of God, and if we speak God’s word concerning our situation, we can expect it to come to pass. Nothing succeeds like the unfailing word of God.
But what about idle talk? Jesus said that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account for it in the day of judgement. What we say can never really be taken back. I read somewhere that words, formulated into sound, travels in a “wave” and just keeps on going, and though the volume dimenishes, the wave continues. I don’t know if that’s true, but if it is, it’s a sobering thought.
By our words, we have the power to bless or to curse. Books have been written about the value of parents pronouncing blessing upon their children. What parent doesn’t want their children to rise up and “call” them blessed? Marriages could find tremendous healing if only husbands and wives would start speaking words of blessing to each other.
There are three questions that we should ask ourselves before we say anything about another person: 1) Is it true? 2) Is it helpful? 3) Is it necessary?
Remember, your words are very powerful. God created by means of His spoken word. In the end of this age, He will put down the ungodly by the sword that goes forth out of His mouth, which is none other than His word. Have you ever thought about why God confounded the people’s language at the tower of Babel? He was removing their power of agreement! Is there any Scripture that speaks of agreeing as touching anything?
God created mankind in His image, and He gave us words that are both creative and destructive. Be creative!