“Words are powerful. They can create, or they can destroy. So choose your words wisely.”
A story is told of two women who had a falling out. One lady was very hurt, and she began to speak ill of the other woman. This went on for many years until the truth finally surfaced. The woman who spoke ill of the other woman eventually went to her to ask forgiveness for slandering her name. The lady forgave her. However, she asked her to do one thing. She asked her to cut open a feather pillow and allow the feathers to be released from her second-floor window. As she did this, the wind caught the feathers and blew them everywhere. The woman then said to her, words are like those feathers – once they are released, it’s hard to pull them back.
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus said the following: “For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37 (NIV) Your words have the power to set you free or to condemn you, so be very careful or guard what comes out of your mouth.
I am a person who speaks my mind. I am not political by nature, and sometimes speaking my mind gets me in trouble. My words are not meant to be malicious, and there is a difference between speaking what’s on your mind and malicious words. I have purposed that when I am angry or upset I choose my words carefully or keep my mouth shut until I can address the matter. Speaking when you are angry or upset may cause you to say something that you may regret later and someone may use what was said in anger against you.
As believers, we are instructed to speak words of encouragement to one another. “Speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;” Ephesians 5:19 (NASB) The Apostle Paul instructed the Colossians and told them that their speech should be seasoned with salt. Salt acts as a preservative and has healing properties. “Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.” Colossians 4:6 (NASB) What we say should bring healing and longevity to the listener. We should be graceful speakers.
The words that proceed from our mouths should not be slanderous or replete with foul language. Some believers say that they are not fully delivered, hence the reason they curse or swear. In my opinion, that’s just an excuse for refusing to allow the Holy Spirit to have full control. Listen to what Paul wrote to the Colossians. “But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.” Colossians 3:8 (NLT)
As the verse states, it’s time to get rid of any words that will harm others. Hezekiah Walker sings “I Need You To Survive;” some of the words are: “I won’t harm you with words from my mouth – I love you! I need you to survive.”
If you love me, the words that come out of your mouth may hurt at times, but they should never hurt me!
Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 16:24 (NLT)