Proverbs 25:11 A word fitly (well) spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.
Yes, words well spoken can bring beauty and be such a blessing. I can remember, as I’m sure you do too, those well said words that brought inspiration after an accomplishment, encouragement in a struggle, affirmation after a victory, comfort in a loss, and reassurance through the ups and downs of life. Words do wield a great power that when spoken thoughtfully bring splendor and uplifting to life. We each have that power.
Proverbs 15:23 To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good it is!
Though words do pack incredible power, we tend to not be that careful with them. I know I have said some very hurtful, thoughtless, and unkind words in my life. Most of them were due to not thinking before I speak or not being sensitive to the people I was talking to. Words can bring healing, harmony, help, hope, honor and even humor. Words can also bring hurt, hindrance, hardship, harm, and even harassment. We need to be careful handling this power God has given us.
Proverbs 21:23 Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
The idea is to understand the words we express make a difference, make an impact, especially if we are a leader, or parent, or friend, or person of influence. Our words matter and we are to be careful when we speak.
Words matter, even as a customer in a store. I was in line waiting to place my order and a pre-teen child a few people in front of me used loud, demanding words with sharp, angry tones to place her order. You could tell the employee was discouraged by the demeaning words. That next day I was getting a beverage at a local coffee shop where the smiling barista asked politely how much whipped cream a person wanted, the customer just spouted in a gruff tone, “Enough!” The barista added a bit more and asked if that was enough. The customer just started at her and said, “tray!” The barista a bit confused asked, “Would you like a drink holder?” Which was met with the customer saying “TRAY!,” uncomfortably louder. The barista nicely responded with a smile, as she put the drinks in a holder. The customer grabbed the drinks and walked off, no “thank you”, no “have a nice day.” I don’t know how that barista felt, but I felt uncomfortable and made sure I said thank you.
The Bible book of James has a lot to say about our words, specifically James 3:1-12. It likens our speech to the power of fire that can get out of control and lay to waist our lives like a fire does to a forest. Likewise, the small rudder of a ship has the power to turn even a very large ship, our words, spoken by a small part of our body, have the power to change the course of our lives. Words are powerful to us and to others. We are to be careful for words wield great power.
What do the power of your words do? Do they bless? Do they curse? In that Bible passage in James our speech has dual power…
James 3:9-10 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
Our words should bless, build up, and give grace. The Scriptures are clear.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Let’s use the power of our words to inspire, encourage, affirm, comfort, and reassure. You could change the course of people’s day, and even your own.
Church can be a place where we are encouraged and challenged to use are words well. If you don’t already have a church you attend regularly, we would like to invite you to Cypress Church or any of our branch churches. Our website has all the information you would need www.cypresschurch.net. It would be a joy to have you join us.
Seeking to be careful wielding the power of words along side you,