The Power Of The Words We Speak

Did you know that your words have the power to change your life and the lives of those you love? It’s true. Your words have the power to change not only your future, but the future of those around you as well!

 

I remember years ago when I was a young boy, my step-dad, who was a submarine commander, was pulling out on his submarine for the next three months. My mother and I were watching them pull out along with a very large crowd on the dock. Because my dad was the commander, he was standing in the tower on the top of the submarine. And as he’s standing there, he realizes he’s forgotten something—the keys to the car. He had forgotten to give the keys to the car he had driven us to the dock in back to my mother so that she could drive us home. Not only that, he had forgotten that my mother, being a proper Southern woman, did not drive a stick-shift. So, he pulled the keys out of his pocket, and with a bullhorn at his mouth, he announced to the crowd, “Son, today you are a man. Drive your mother home.” And with that, he threw the keys towards the dock.

 

I can still remember the impact those keys made as my hand reached up to grab them. I was a man! The words of my step-dad had a powerful effect on me that day. I looked at my mom with the keys in my hand and said, “Jeanne, get in the car.” My mother didn’t like that very much—but something in me had changed. I was a man.

 

The rest of the story gets worse. I had never driven a car before, much left a stick shift. I was only thirteen. My poor mother suffered through that drive home with the car lurching forwards and backwards as I drove the car home in second gear! I think she suffered from whiplash for a week after that.

 

But we made it because my dad said I could do it.

 

Matthew says, “The good person out of his good reassure brings forth good, and the evil person out of his good treasure brings for evil. I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Matthew 12:35-37)

 

This verse reminds me that every word that comes out of my mouth counts. And we will all give account for those words one day to God.

 

We all have the same capacity to bless and to curse people. And we will all be held accountable for those words. We need to make those words count. We need to use our words to bless.

 

1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

 

God has chosen you, Beloved. He has changed your position. You are now a part of His royal priesthood. Your words matter. You’re either blessing something or you’re cursing something. You can speak life and make a change in not only your life but also the lives around you.

 

The words that come out of your mouth land on your life. Have you may find yourself in an impossible situation, or a horrible depression because you talked yourself into it? I have! Your words matter! And those words matter for your kids too! Let’s be a people who speak life and blessing and encouragement to those around us!


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Published on August 22, 2019.

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