Jan 13, 2022 | by Abigail Wendt
We have all heard the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” and we all know how wrong that is. Words are powerful. The Scripture is full of evidence of the power of words. From the start God uses His words to speak the universe into existence. Satan knows the power of words. The snake convinced Eve to sin and Eve convinced Adam with nothing other than words. Even the Pharisees knew the power of words as they tried to trap and discredit Jesus by getting him to use the wrong words. As James says, “…if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to bridle his whole body.” (James 3:2b)
On the other hand it often feels like words even with the best of intentions are useless. How many of us have told a close friend or family member, ‘Stop doing that - you are going to hurt yourself and others!’ to no avail. We spend countless time thinking about which words to say and so often come up empty.
Hear a good word fellow disciple! Jesus gives us the answer! “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:31b -32) and he also says “And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit.” (Mark 13:11) Spend time in the Bible, pray, ask for wisdom and you will know and apply God’s powerful words.
“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit. You brood of vipers! How can you speak good, when you are evil? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. The good person out of his good treasure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure brings forth evil. I tell you, on the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:33-37