The Strength of Words

Many times when we think of the power of our words, we (at least I) think of it in a negative way. I think of all the things I shouldn’t say. My words are very powerful. I have the power to destroy someone with my speech. I also have the power to build up, encourage, and love with my speech. Let me be in the business of making sure I love and encourage others with the words of my mouth, rather than remembering to bite my tongue before I say something I shouldn’t. Let my words build up and benefit those who hear (Ephesians 4:29). 

James 3:2-12

2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 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. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

The tongue is a small part of our body, but it has the power to create a disaster or something beautiful. What do you want your words to do?

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