The Power Of Our Speech

“We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.” James 3:2-3. Just as the horses need directions from humans, we need directions from God. Our words and tone of voice have mighty power. The power to build up and the power to destroy.

The story goes of a young boy who while out with his father one day met up with a retired member of the community. A conversation took place and at some point the boy commented in a rude and disrespectful manner. The older gentleman stammered a bit and abruptly ended the conversation and walked away. The father in a stern voice said to the boy: “And to think of how proud I was the day you learned to talk.” The anger and disappointment in his voice obviously showed. Yes, our voices—our words have tremendous power to help or hurt. “Set a guard over my mouth, Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3.

The Bible tells us to be careful of what we say. “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36-37. The Apostle Paul tells us to speak in a manner fitting the gift of speaking. “…and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:11.

“Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples.” 1 Chronicles 16:23-24. Let the scales tip in favor of praising God and sharing of his blessings! We can use our voices for good and furthering His Love for us. “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.” 1 Peter 4:11.

And let each one of us remember that though we take a risk each time we open our mouths, that Godly talk is beneficial in many, many ways. “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24. Just as the person with the reins guides the horses at the plow, or wagon, or from upon the saddle…God Himself should be the one directing our speech. We have the ability each day to build or to tear down. We have the chance to share God’s Word with every person we meet. Let our tongues be obedient to Him and our speaking beneficial to proclaiming His Glory.