Today I had the opportunity to travel to a spiritual retreat with an old friend. I haven’t been able to see him for a few months, but the time we had en route to the retreat center seemed like we had never missed any time together at all. The conversation was filled with laughs and stories, as if we had just talked yesterday.
As we shared the joys and struggles of families and ministries, every time he opened his mouth, positive, encouraging words came out. Even we we talked about the condition of the world today, the division between belief camps, progressive and conservative approaches, and other things that Satan has mucked up, my friend always had something to say that brought life to the atmosphere.
As I sit here, digesting the events of the day, it reminds me of the power of our words. We should never forget that our words can change the atmosphere when we speak them over a situation. We shouldn’t forget, because Satan surely doesn’t forget. He’s always trying to get us to say something negative about a person or organization, or bring down the reputation of another one.
Our words are life. Proverbs 18:21 reminds us, ” Your words are so powerful
that they will kill or give life….” (TPT) And Jesus tells us that, “you can be sure of this: when the day of judgment comes, everyone will be held accountable for every careless word he has spoken” (Mt 12:36 TPT).
Let this be a reminder to all of us: Our words can give life or kill. And we will all be held accountable for our words. Let’s agree together today that our words must give life and that we speak only the Word of God into the atmosphere around us. Through our words as followers of Jesus, others will begin to see the life that Jesus offers each of us — life abundant and eternal. After all, God’s words create. In Genesis, the creation account is full of “and God said” statements of life. Let our words be life-creating and not life-ending. Just changing your words into those which give God glory will change your outlook on this life, and they just might bring life to one who needs to know our God who created life. Mark my words.