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Faith Filled Friday Blog: The Power of Our Words

April 30, 2021

by Connie Terpack April 30, 2021

Any writer will tell you that words have power. Any English teacher will remind you to use your words correctly. And all Christians believe that the Bible is the Word of God. I was surprised how much the Bible talks about words throughout the Old and New Testaments.

Beautiful Words

Proverbs 1:2 To know wisdom and instruction; to perceive the words of understanding.

Proverbs 12:18 There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise is health.

Proverbs 15:1 A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.

Proverbs 15:4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life and health: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.

Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and health to the bones.

Proverbs 18:4 The words of a man’s mouth are as deep waters, and the wellspring of wisdom as a flowing brook.

Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Luke 6: 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil; for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace; seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Cautionary Words

As a Christian we have to learn to guard our mouth, carefully considering our words and tone.

Psalm 34:13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.

Proverbs 4: 24 Put away from thee a froward mouth, and perverse lips put far from thee.

Proverbs 16:28 A froward man sows strife: and a whisperer separates chief friends.

Proverbs 21:23 Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth him soul from troubles.

James 3:5 Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindles.

Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.

God’s Word

The Bible is given to us by the inspiration of God.

Matthew 4:4 But He answered and said, ‘It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.’

Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.

Matthew 24:35 Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.

1 Corinthians 1:17,18 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect. For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

Givingour account

Our words carry great weight and meaning, God wants us to use them wisely.

Romans 14:11, 12 For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then every one of us shall give an account of himself to God.

Matthew 12:36, 37 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 thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

2 Corinthians 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Our words should reveal a changed heart

When we are saved, God gives us a new heart. Our words should reflect that change in us. We should use words to glorify God.

John 15:3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is in vain.

As a writer I love using words, and probably more than I need to according to my editor. I try to be polite and courteous, however, I have had my mouth get away from me at times. I’m sure no one else as said something they regretted, right?

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