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Lesson 12

The Words We Use

“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your site, oh, Lord, my rock, and my Redeemer.” - Galatians 5:1

The words we use are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate, and to humble. Consequently, many of us know, or have experienced the pain of someone’s words. Or we ourselves have used our words to hurt someone else. Basically, our words can become a weapon, “ death, and life, on the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”- Proverbs 18:21. So, why are the words we use significant? Because our words either lift someone up or tear them down.

And Luke 6:45 Jesus says that people can’t be judged by what they say, and do because these things reveal what is really inside the person. If you want to know what is on the inside of a person, you’ll listen to what comes out of their mouth on a regular basis. If a person is angry, rude or immoral on a regular basis, you can be assured that is what they’re feeling on the inside.The same is true if they are encouraging and polite, the mouth speaks out of the abundance of the heart. 

The words we use, spoken out, loud, or in our thoughts, have a major influence on the outcome of our lives. Thoughts become things. Your words impact how you view your family your job even yourself with so much on the line, it’s vital you choose your words wisely. Here is an example of a daily affirmation you can repeat, and get in the habit of speaking over your life.

I choose to speak love - I choose to speak life – I choose to speak faith over fear.

Your words will shape your behaviors, habits, values, and Destiny – choose wisely.


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, Oh Lord, my rock, and my redeemer. Galatians 5:1
A person can speak many words a minute and several thousand in an hour. Can you imagine how many words a person speaks in a day? The tongue has powerful influence on others and it is the one part of the body we should guard with all diligence. In the book of James, he gives an example of how powerful the tongue is:
James 3:4-5
“Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark.”
The example that James uses to describe the negative influence that the tongue can inflict, is one that can be caused when words are spoken hastily, carelessly, angrily or cruelly. May we be those who are careful with words, guard our speech, and use our word to heal and not hurt, to guard and not gossip, to edify and encourage and not to wreak havoc. 
Your tongue steers your life. Words spoken by your tongue determine the direction of your life, just like the rudder of a ship determines the direction a ship will go. Words may not cause you to arrive at the destination immediately, but they head you in that direction, and eventually, if you continue in that direction, you will arrive there.
May our tongues be used to glorify God, knowing that this small instrument is under our personal control. May we choose to curb our tongue and use it for good and not ill.

Going Deeper in the Word

Death and life are in the power of the tongue,  and those who love it, will eat its fruits. -Proverbs 18:21. Because your tongue produces words, Jesus affirmed that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every careless word they speak, for, by your words you’ll be justified, and by your words, you will be condemned. Matthew 12:36-37.
Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouth, but only such as it’s good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give Grace to those who hear. - Ephesians 4:29
The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. -Proverbs 10:11
Words are what we use to communicate to one another, and effective communication is the foundation to functional relationships. Through our words, we can communicate life-giving things like love, grace, truth and forgiveness. We can use our words to build others up to encourage, to correct , to affirm, and to comfort. We can also use our words as destructive weapons, speaking lies, or malice, gossip, manipulating or seeking to put others down. How we speak to one another matters a great deal, both in terms of our personal relationships, and the overall functioning of society, but more importantly, our words matter to God.
Jesus said,  “ the good person out of the treasure of his heart, produces good, and the evil person out of his evil, Treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks”. Luke 6:45
our words have enormous power for good or evil; yes, or tongues can even kill or save lives. For example:

  • A false witness can cause the death of an innocent Man. Proverbs 25:18

  • A comforter can give hope to a suicidal person buy an uplifting word. Proverbs 16:24

  • A slanderer can destroy the reputation of a good person. Psalm 56:2, 1 Corinthians 6:10.

  • a wise counselor can guide the young through the perils and vulnerabilities of their youth. 2 Timothy 2:22.

    Our words should reflect the work of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. As He works in and through us, the way we act, think, and speak should change. In addition, Romans 12:1-2 talks about being renewed by the transforming of our minds. When our minds are transformed, that will be reflected in our speech as well. 
    The Bible also talks about the power of scripture. By his word, he created the entire universe. The Bible is the inspired word of God, “breathed out” by him and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. The word of God is living and active, sharper than any two edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and the intentions of the heart. 
    The Bible says that the sword of the spirit, part of the spiritual armor of God, is the word of God. God’s word is effective in what it is sent to do. Recognizing the power of his word helps us understand just how powerful words can be.
    John 1:1
    2 Timothy 3:16-17
    Hebrews 4:12
    Ephesians 6:17
    Isaiah 55:10-11
    May our speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6.

Real Talk

Has your mouth ever gotten you in trouble? 
I confess, mine has more often than I would like to admit. I have a feeling most of us could do a better job of controlling our tongue at times. 
When I think about a consequence in the Bible, my mind goes to the children of Israel. These were Gods chosen people. The Israelites were in captivity as slaves for hundreds of years while they were in the process of deliverance and on their way to the promised land, God was performing one miracle after another right before their eyes. He miraculously provided for their every need, but they complained, griped and whined all along the way.
“why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt?” -Exodus 14:11.

 Moses didn’t make them leave, they wanted out. Unfortunately, they sound so much like some of us. We complain about every inconvenience or discomfort that comes into our lives. In numbers 14:27, the Lord said something to Moses, that I will refer back to when I am grumbling as my accountability reference: “How long must I put up with this Wicked Community and it’s complaints about me? Yes, I have heard the complaints the Israelites are making against me.”  This is the Lord speaking ya’ll!! The Lord referred to the Israelites as a Wicked Community, that was grumbling and complaining against him. How would it change things if you were to begin thinking about your complaining of some thing you were doing against the Lord? The words we use not only affect ourselves and others around us, but God hears every word that is spoken out of our mouths. 
There is so much power in the words we speak!


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