The Power of The Words We Speak 2

I remember watching my son, Lukas play baseball years ago. He was up to bat at a game and struck out. He was so upset, he walked back to the dugout with his head hanging low and tears in his eyes. I wanted to encourage him, but I wasn’t really sure how. So I walked over to the dugout and saw him slumped over with his arms crossed on the bench. I said, “Lukas. Look at me. I’m going to pray for you in a moment, and the Spirit of God is going to fall on you. And the next time you get up to bat you’re going to have supernatural power and you’re going to hit that ball so hard it’s going to ricochet off of the center field fence. In the name of Jesus!” Then I prayed for him. He said, “Thanks, dad.” But he still seemed pretty upset.

 

In the next inning, he had another chance to bat. As he took his position in the batter’s box, he looked over at me in the stands and pointed like Babe Ruth to the center field fence. The pitcher wound up and threw the ball. Lukas hit the ball and it headed all the way out to the center-field where it ricocheted off of the center field pole! He had hit a double! The crowd went wild—and so did Lukas.

 

I learned something about how words can change someone’s story that day. The bible says it this way, “If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things.” (James 3:3-5, ESV).

 

How you speak to people matters. In order to use your words to change someone’s story, you’ve got to change the way you speak to each other first. We have a tendency to point out what’s wrong with everyone else, don’t we? We’re so good at finding what’s broken. We need to use our words to give hope to people that they can change.

 

The actual words you speak to people also matter. James goes on to say about the tongue, “With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.” (James 3:9-10, ESV) Have you ever realized that every person you talk to has been created in the image of God just like you. It doesn’t matter how different the person next to you is, you were both created in the image of God.

 

Here are four ways you can use your tongue to bless people in your life:

 

  • You need to fill your heart with God’s word towards you. Here’s what God’s word says to you, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)
  • You need to tell people what you admire about them. If you will pay attention, you can find something positive about everyone. We need to change the style of our conversations.
  • You need to tell people what God has promised for them. I can’t tell you how many times someone has sent me a scripture to encourage me when I was in a dark place that changed the way I saw my entire perspective and lifted my spirit. “And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31, ESV)
  • You need to use your words to speak hope into someone. It only takes a spark of hope to set a fire in someone else’s heart.

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Published on August 29, 2019.

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