Our Words Have Power!

I know you’ve heard the old children’s taunt, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me!” And as an adult you know that nothing could be further from the truth. Words DO hurt, and usually the hurt lasts much longer than any physical hurt from sticks or stones. Our words really do have power. Power to encourage, strengthen, help, enlighten, and motivate, but also power to destroy, discourage, belittle, and yes, hurt deeply. The Bible has much to say about words. I would like us to consider some scriptures here.
One of my favorite verses in the Psalms is Psalm 19:14, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”  I like this verse for a number of reasons, but for our discussion today, let’s think about the connection between the words of our mouth and the meditation of our heart. Obviously, they are connected. The things we meditate on and think about the most usually comes out of our mouths at some point or another. Of course, this goes along with what Jesus said in Matthew 12:34, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” In other words, the things we store in our hearts (Our meditations) will eventually come out of our mouths. This is why this prayer in Psalm 19:14 is so important to follow. 
 
So let’s do a little inventory. What are you meditating on the most? And consequently, what words are usually pouring forth from your mouth? Now be honest. After all, this is just between you and God and he already knows! Do the majority of your words bring healing, encouragement, kindness, peace, tenderness, and joy? Or do you find yourself grumbling about everything, complaining all the time, gossiping about others, or speaking harshly or hatefully to others? I must admit, this hits me pretty hard on some days. I wish I could tell you that I’m always in the first category but I often find myself in the second. And if I will listen to myself, and especially the Holy Spirit, I can recognize it. Then I can repent and begin to change my words. 
 
Let’s look at a couple more scriptures. In 1 Thessalonians, Paul spends time writing about the second coming of Christ and then ends that section in chapter 4, verse 18 by saying, “Comfort one another with these words.”  Frankly, I can’t think of a more appropriate thing to do than to speak comfort to one another in the times in which we live. If we look at the surface of things in our country and world today, things look pretty bleak. But we can use our words to bring comfort by reminding one another that God is in control and Jesus is coming back at the perfect time to rescue us and establish his wonderful new kingdom! I don’t know about you but I can hardly wait! Let me give you one more scripture. In Proverbs 15:28 it says, “The heart of the righteous ponders how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours out evil things.”  Isn’t that good? How many people do you think we could bless and encourage if we would simply “ponder how to answer” before blurting out some hurtful or hateful comment? 
 
I hope these verses will help us all to think more about the words we speak. Let me encourage you to speak life, peace, and encouragement to those you come in contact with this week. See how God will bless them as well as yourself. Let me close with David’s prayer one more time  Would you pray this with me right now? Lord, let the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts be acceptable in your sight, our rock and our redeemer!” Amen!
 
Pastor Jim