Words are a powerful tool.  Words can bring peace and launch wars.
Words can soothe the soul or stir formidable conflict.
Words once spoken are like a storm unleashed or a soaking rain that can’t be ceased.

The enormous power of words is wielded like a double edged sword by all those born with a tongue. Yet, words in themselves give a glimpse of what exists deep in the heart! ¬†There’s no greater reflection of the soul than the words we expel.

Even the world knows their strength…let me show you:

  • Handle them carefully, for words have more power than atom bombs. –Pearl Strachan
  • Speech is the mirror of the soul; as a man speaks, so he is. –Publilius Syrus
  • Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment. –Ira Gassen
  • The trouble with talking too fast is you may say something you haven’t thought of yet. –Ann Landers
  • No man means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous. –Henry B. Adams
  • Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can’t, and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. –Robert Frost
  • Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something. – Plato
  • To speak and to speak well are two things. A fool may talk, but a wise man speaks. –Ben Jonson
  • Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. -Jesus Christ

God’s Word admonishes the church time and time again with guardrails and danger signs of the power of words. ¬†Yet in our craftiness, we conceal our hidden agendas around phrases such as: “I just speak the truth” or “Out of love I must tell you” or “I’m so concerned for”. ¬†In our pious holiness we feel it our sovereign just right and responsibility to tell others how to live their lives. ¬†Not based on God’s Word necessarily…but instead on our opinion based on what “God has revealed to me”. ¬†And in our blindness we say…”you must be like me, think like me, speak like me, share my opinions…then you’ll be my sister…my brother.”

Luke 6:43 – “A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. ¬†A tree is identified by the kind of fruit it produces. ¬†Figs never grow on thorn bushes or grapes on bramble bushes. ¬†A good person produces good deeds from a good heart, and an evil person produces evil deeds from an evil heart. ¬†“Whatever is in your heart determines what you say”.

It’s amazing how Jesus never gives us a vehicle of escape or a justifiable excuse. ¬†He simply says bad fruit – bad heart, good fruit – good heart. ¬†No other possibility, no Oops, no momentary slip, no I shouldn’t have said that. ¬†No out! ¬†Your words wound…bad heart. ¬†Your words gossip – bad heart. ¬†Your words tear down – bad heart! ¬†Your words encourage – good heart. ¬†Your words heal – good heart. ¬†Your words build up – good heart. ¬†End of discussion…over and out…done!

And then…the best of all. ¬†He looks us in the eye – peers deep into our soul and asks: “So why do you call me “Lord” when you won’t obey me?”.
Ouch! ¬†No obedience…no lord.

Words! ¬†There’s no greater indication of the soul. ¬†‚Ä®Words! ¬†Indicate health in greater degree than the best C-scan, MRI & X-ray money can buy.‚Ä®Wondering what team your playing for? ¬†Check your fruit…your words. ¬†Feeling like things might have gone slightly out of sync…maybe the fruits getting a little ripe? Your heart grown a little cold? ¬†‚Ä®Then time to remember who you are…we all are: destitute…broken…desperate…sinful…abandoned!‚Ä®Yet in Christ (and only in Him) I am now:

whole…healed…fulfilled….forgiven…found!‚Ä®‚Ä® Now words have a whole new justification – thanks, praise, love, joy, acceptance, gratefulness…‚Ä®Now that’s power that can change the world!

Out of words…and thankful for it…