Over the last few years, I’ve watched a certain spiritual decline attach itself to many. My concern is this: we talk and sound no different than the world. Too often our words are mean, without grace or love. It is as though we have no revelation of the power of our words.
Jesus taught that we will be judged for every idle, unchristlike word that we speak. (see Matt 12:36). Words possess a unique power to affect reality. The truth is, in many ways we are living today what we were talking about yesterday. Our words are the seeds of our tomorrows. They are trailblazers -- the pioneers which affirm and establish our direction in life.
Some feel words are not that important. They recoil at the idea that "life and death are in the power of the tongue." But I'm quoting Scripture, and the Bible tells us that there is a weightiness to words, a spiritual cargo, that conveys either life or death to those who receive them.
Consider: if I wrote down a string of profanities and curses, each word would have the power to download into our soul a measure of uncleanness. James says that he who does not sin with his words, the same is a perfect man.
On the other hand, words can be the vehicles of satanic infiltration in a person’s life, especially critical words. A harsh word spoken to a child by a parent or teacher can literally crush that child’s self-worth.
Recall how the words of Job’s friends became vehicles of satanic oppression, as they burdened Job's soul causing him to counter, "To whom have you uttered words? And whose spirit was expressed through you?" (Job 26:4). Likewise, it should be our quest that the spirit that is "expressed through" us is the Holy Spirit.
Our words can either bring to people a sense of renewal or hope, or we can speak and release death to another's heart. As Proverbs tells us, "He who loves purity of heart and whose speech is full of grace, the King is his friend" (Proverbs 22:11). Don't you desire that Jesus, the King of kings would be your personal friend? Then let us speak with grace upon our lips.
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