What does the Bible say about the power of words?


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Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx. Words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3), and we are in His image in part...

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9aa51e4b447252291b959c696fb96539 400x400 Jeremiah Kaaya Pastor at Springs of Power Church, Teacher by professional
The power of words is immense and the Bible equally teaches so. God created the world with His word (Genesis 1). Jesus is the word of God, and scripture tells us that; without Jesus, nothing would have ever been (John 1:1-3). 

But words can be categorized into three forms; sound form, spoken form and silent form. For any spoken word requires the use of the tongue. We are therefore compelled to use either "tongue" or "words" as need may be. And I presume that in this, we are more intent on words in sound form. All forms of words are equally crucial though.

The tongue can be used either way; constructively or destructively. On this therefore, scripture instructs us not to be reckless with our tongue (Mat 12:36). Scripture goes on to warn that; It is by our words that we will either be justified or condemned (Mat 12:37). Why so? For words reflect the inner man, except for pretense or double standards. Even then, it is reckless to pretend and it is potentially condemnable. 

With seeming mere words, the devil deceptively convinced Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit. With the same seemingly mere words, Eve convinced Adam to eat of it as well (Gen 3). The seeming simple mere words have since brought suffering to the world.

Scripture tells us that; "...faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17). If to say; the word spoken may be figured as the spear that penetrates the mind and the heart. Yet in opposite terms, lack of faith also comes by hearing the negative word for that matter. For with seeming mere words, salvation presents (Rom 10:10). Thus to say, to be saved is and should not be out of wrestle, for what appears so simplistic is what brings us the much treasured priceless gift of eternal life.

Scripture also tells us about the Roman centurion who begged Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus had insisted on getting to the centurion's home. But the centurion insisted that; Jesus' word would be enough to heal his servant. Jesus did as the centurion had asked and was amazed at the centurion's immense faith (Mat 8:5-10). A lot more miracles Jesus did perform with just saying; let it be, and it was. All this tells us how powerful words are and should not be used recklessly because they could produce unintended and undesirable consequences.

But in a more elaborate manner, scripture is clear about how we ought to be careful with the use of the tongue. The tongue is the outlet or the passage out of every being. For not to say something could be better than saying a thing because it is easier to stumble in word than if you held yourself (James 3:1-2). For it is the tongue which bridles the whole body. A pilot controls a large ship with a seeming simple rudder. In a similar manner therefore, the tongue controls one's entire body. 

A little fire could set a large forest on fire. Similarly so, the reckless use of the tongue could set the entire body on fire in hell because it controls the entire body (James 3:5-6). On this then, it calls for extra care how one uses the tongue.

In simple language then, we ought to train and learn to use the tongue profitably. Not to say a thing with little or no care at all. To avoid to say unwillingly. But if to say willfully, to be well intentioned. That is not to say whatever, wherever (Leviticus 19:16). For in a multitude of words, sin may be unavoidable (Proverbs 10:19). David prays that God sets guards on his lips (Psalms 141:3). Life and death is in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). A good soft answer can save one from danger, but rough words will stir up anger (Proverbs 15:1), (Proverbs 13:3).

Yet all a human being is to be treasured. For it is equally important that we keep a pure heart, control the mind and become wholesome. You may have never spoken it, yet it could be itching internally. Such is equally inexcusable. As that, to be wholesome is to bear the fruit of the Spirit. In this case, much more so the fruit of "self control" (Galatians 5:22-23)

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