The power of words
What you say can change your life – and others too!
Did you know that our friendships, relationships, and our own lives can be changed by the words we speak?
Words can build others up and tear others down.
One little word can ruin your whole life!
Maybe you can remember someone who has said something in the past that has lifted you up or brought you down?
If you can, you'll know there is serious power in our words.
Using our words to bless others
Sometimes we speak our words without thinking about the consequences.
On the other hand, there may be times when we have the power to say something positive and give life, but we stay silent instead.
Part of growing in Christian wisdom as a disciple of Jesus is learning to speak when we’re supposed to speak and not speaking when we are not supposed to speak.
And when we do speak, to make sure we are using our words to build others up, not curse them.
James 3:9-10 states, “With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
Using our words to direct our lives
James also says, "We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal."
James says that in some ways, our words have control over our actions and direct our lives.
If you put a bit in a wild horse's mouth, it can help you control the horse.
By controlling what you say, you can change your whole life too.
If you control what you say, you can control your entire body.
When I say, “Oh man, I'm so ugly, I'm so poor, my job is terrible,” imagine how that begins to direct my life. But if I say, "I'm made and loved by God, I'm blessed in Christ, and today I will look for ways to bless others", I can expect a very different result.
Using our words to declare who we are in Christ
Even after they are saved, some people can't stop thinking they aren't worthy of God's love, saying to themselves, “I am such a sinner... how could God ever love me?”
But is that really a biblical thing to say? It's like a criminal who has been declared not guilty going around saying, “No! I’m still guilty!”
Yes we should be humble and confess our sins when we mess up, but always remember that "If we confess our sins, he who is faithful and just will forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)
Paul teaches the church to declare, not that you are a sinner, but you are the “righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.” Paul never writes to the “sinners in the church of Corinth” or the “sinners in the church of Ephesus.” He writes to the Saints.
Paul is talking about you being a new creation. Saying out loud (or to yourself) that you’re stupid, or a loser or unloved is not helping you in any way. It won’t make you smarter or more successful, or less sinful. Instead, remember:
You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. (1 Peter 2:9-10)
If we want to change on the inside, that change begins with changing how we speak.
Your words can bless others. Your words can control your actions. Your words can remind you of God's amazing love in Jesus.
Words have power and can change your life!
Written by Bobby Schuller and Copy Edited by Dakota Shyres