The Power of Words

 

Recently God has been bringing to my attention how much power is in our words. It is something he is constantly reminding me of lately. He has shown me that I have beenhurt by other people's words easily, but the way I retaliate is to do the same and tear others down with my words. This was something that was very difficult for me to realize because the way I normally like to receive love was the way I was expressing hate towards others. This brought me a lot of frustration because I disliked that a little part of me even cared about what other people said to me and that I let myself get so riled up about those things. All this of my frustration and other emotion overwhelmed me so much. It ultimately led me to the point of realizing that we have so much power to impact others lives so deeply in a negative or positive way with the words we say, but it is our responsibility to decide which one we will choose.

In his word God speaks so much about the power of the tongue and how we are meant to control it at all times. Something that always gets me is how the word says that our tongues have the power of life and death. To me that is mind blowing and it carries so much weight to think that the things that we say can lead someone or something in the direction death or life because when we speak it doesn't seem as though we are really doing much, there is no action being taken, it's just something being spoken out into the air. However that is not true it is more than that it is life changing things being said that result in a negative or positive outcome. God calls us to a high standard and tells that we need to practice self-control with various things, but one of the main things being our mouths and our words. In Colossians 4:6 it is stated "Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person." Although we may have the words to really put someone in their place or the best comeback they may not be the right words. We have to put our pride and crazy emotions aside sometimes and answer others in the way we are called to with love which can result in a healthier outcome. 

I believe that this is important for not only just myself, but for everyone. I've realized that with the ministry I am working in this is vital because we are around women who have constantly had nothing but negativity spoken over them and false identity, but we have the power to combat those things and speak God's identity and truth over them. It is so important that we realize we have the power and authority to change the way someone views themselves. If we are doing all of this out of love they then will begin to see and believe the truths about their identity and can begin to walk out in that. Words have the power to change lives and they are something that are never forgotten.