Words Have the Power of Life and Death
Hey everyone, thanks for joining us once again on The Faith Filled Friends. Thanks so much for joining in the celebrations. We had so much fun reflecting back and giving thanks for the past two years of The Faith Filled Friends and all God has done.
Tonight, we are going to dive into an important topic, which is something that’s a challenge to all of us. Our tongues are so powerful, they can speak love and life just as much as hatred and death. We’ll also be looking at ‘Words’, which is one of my favourites from Hawk Nelson.
Let’s get into it!
“They’ve made me feel like a prisoner, they’ve made me feel set free, they’ve made me feel like a criminal, made me feel like a king…”
“They’ve lifted my heart, to places I’d never been, and they’ve dragged me down, back to where I began…
The words we speak are powerful and they are like a double-edged sword. They can make us feel great and make others feel great too. On the other hand, they can make us and others feel truly horrible.
That’s why we have to be so careful with what we say. The consequences can be devastating if we are not mindful of what comes out of our mouths. Thinking before we speak is such a simple thing, but it is something so many of us fail to do, including myself.
The saying “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hut me” is wrong. Words do hurt. They have the power to change people’s lives, for better and for worse.
Consider Jesus’ words in the bible. The words Jesus himself spoke are incredible, life changing words. The tongue can be difficult to control at times, particularly when we are angry or not thinking straight. But it is important to remember that our words are sharp, double-edged swords that can do a wealth of good and bad for those who are on the receiving end of what we say.
Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue has the power of life and death”.
“Let my words be life, let my words be truth, I don’t wanna say a word, unless it points the world back to You…”
As Christians, what we say should always reflect the love of God and bring glory to Him.
We should speak as if Jesus was standing right next to us. What would he say if he heard you speaking?
The truth is, Jesus is always with us. He is living inside us through the Holy Spirit. If you think you can get away with swearing and other foul language in private, just know God is always listening. We can never hide what we say from Him. The words that come out of our mouth are never hidden.
Each day, with His help, may we strive to bring glory to God and live in a way that pleases Him, in the words we say.
May we speak words of life, love and truth, with the aim of building one another up and ultimately pointing them to Jesus.
As Christians, we don’t want to conform to the way the world speaks, but rather to go against the grain and to speak in such a way that allows people to see the love of God through our lives. When people see that we you don’t swear or speak like everyone else, it will show the difference in our lives and our willingness not to ‘follow to crowd’ in the way we choose to speak.
Ephesians 4:29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”.
“I wanna speak Your love, not just another noise, oh, I wanna be Your light, I wanna be Your voice…”
Our words should have purpose and meaning. They are not meant to be empty and worthless. In every word we speak, we need to remember we are the light who shines Jesus in this dark world, whether that be at school, work, University or just walking down the street.
I find it quite disheartening listening to other people’s conversations when it seems as though every second word is a swear word. What’s worse is people will tend to use swear words and other expletives so much they actually forget how damaging they can be. To me, swearing and using God’s name in vain is just noise. It does nothing but tear others down and God as well. He is saddened when people misuse His name.
With His help, let’s make sure we aren’t just noise, but rather sources of light through the words we speak.
Ecclesiastes 10:12 “Words from the mouth of the wise are gracious, but fools are consumed by their own lips”.
“Let the words I say, be the sound of Your grace”
We are saved by the grace of God. Our words should be pleasing to Him, in response to what He has done. To be saved by God means we are changed. That work is continuing every day, including changing the way we speak.
If controlling your tongue has been a challenge for you, keep trusting God and asking for His help to change that part of you. That He would help to you use you words to glorify Him and build other up.
In the same way, may the words that we speak to each other reflect what He has done in our lives, may we speak words full of love and grace to one another.
Psalm 19:14 “May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer”.
Finally, one of the best way to use our words is to proclaim the Gospel. The good news that Jesus is King and He died to save us from our punishment for our sin.
Let the words we speak declare Jesus is The Way, The Truth and The Life.
Let’s praise God with every word that comes from our mouths!
1 Peter 4:11 “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God”.
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