The Power of Words


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Words are not just mere sounds we can hear from another person’s mouth. Words can influence others because they have real power. When God created the heaven and earth, the Bible says that He used spoken words (Hebrews 11:3). It was through His words that everything came into existence out of nothing. Hence, words possess power. Our ability to communicate words is a manifestation of God’s amazing power and precious gifts from Him.

However, words, if misused, can also destroy a person. It can encourage people but they can also ruin people’s lives. Proverbs 12:6 says, “The words of the wicked are to lie in wait for blood: but the mouth of the upright shall deliver them.” Jesus Christ gives us a warning about spoken words. He said, “But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words shalt be justified, and by thy words, thou shalt be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37).

When people say something evil against us, our tendency is to speak evil against them also because we think that they deserve it. But as Christians, God commanded us to pray for them and do not retaliate against every evil word that is spoken to us. The Bible says, “Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers” (Ephesians 4:29).

Ultimately, God commands us to use our words to tell others about Him. Mark 16:15 says, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” We are God’s messenger to this fallen and sinful world.

Matthew 28:18-20“And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”

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