Words are powerful. Used for good they can bring change to a hurting world. Used without thought or care or with intent to wound, they can leave scars that may last a lifetime.
James warns us how untamable is the tongue. But no man can tame the tongue. It is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceed blessings and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring yields both salt water and fresh. James 3:8-12.
Words spoken in anger without forethought can never be taken back. Oh, we may not mean them, but, too late, they’ve already cut and wounded someone’s heart and the damage is done. Words flippantly spoken–sarcastic–said with just enough kindness to be deemed a jest, rip wholes in the soul. And the honest truth is they did mean to wound but took the cowards way by disguising them in a pretty package. Once our words are spoken, they may be forgotten, but the ones who hears them may never forget–they may be played over and over again. If we measured the damage done to another’s heart would we be ashamed?
Words also have the power to bring a well-spring of hope to a hurting soul. Spoken with love and compassion they can give hope and encouragement. They can be the difference between life and death.
Like an arrow shot straight at the bull’s eye, word can convict. When injustice is brought to our attention we must use our words to alert the world. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice. Proverbs 31:9. We must not shut our eyes to the voiceless we must be their voice. Those who shut their eyes to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own time of need. Proverbs 21:13. Our words have the power to right a wrong, to bring justice to the injustices of this world.
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Mark 16:15. When we use our words to share the gospel with the lost world then our words truly have the power of life and death. Using or choosing not to use our words has eternal consequences.
We never know who may be listening or who may be affected by our words, therefore we must not throw them around without thought or care. We must weigh the seriousness of our words and us them to bring blessing to others. Words have power–we must not forget–for good or for bad.
Let’s bless with our words, Kasey