“For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the Day of Judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”
There is an unbelievable power in the words that we speak. We can in one moment destroy a person’s day, or even life, with our criticism. We can also bring new life and hope to them with our encouragement.
Jesus is known as the Living Word of God. This is His word that
“goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11)
Jesus is a powerful, positive and creative Word – a word that is enlivened and empowered with the Spirit of God Himself. We see something of this power in Jesus words of authority – when He raised the dead, healed the sick, calmed nature and forgave sins.
Our words too have life – empowered by the Spirit of God or the spirit of this age. And they mostly come from what is in our hearts at the time. When we look back over our day we may be astonished and even mortified at the number of casual and thoughtless words that we uttered – and the relatively small number spoken with the intent of blessing another person. It is for this reason that James counsels us to be ‘slow to speak’ (1:19). If we are known as a person that speaks intentionally our words will carry more weight, whereas if we are seen to be a thoughtless speaker even our words of blessing may be taken lightly.
All around us there are people both longing for and in need of words of acknowledgement, encouragement and blessing. Some of them will live with us, work with us, be friends and acquaintances or even relative strangers.
The words they need are in our mouths.
“Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone” (Colossians 4:6)
Be more aware and more intentional and desire to bless
Lord God, help me to open my heart and then my mouth that others may be blessed through what I say. And God, please protect others from being harmed through me. Amen.