“If the words you spoke appeared on your skin would you still be beautiful?” -unknown
words. i’m a bit obsessed with them. they can be kind, beautiful, hateful, ugly, positive, negative. these adjectives can certainly describe the people who use them too. words have profound affects on our human souls.
if you do not believe in the power of the words you speak, take a moment to remember how God formed creation. Genesis 1 is full of “God said, and there it was.“ light, water, sky, sun, moon, stars, creatures, plants. all made when God spoke.
if you are a christian, this same power lives in you by the presence of the Holy Spirit. your words matter. your words hold power. so use your words wisely. use your words to speak life.
let’s dive deep into a passage of scripture that more closely reveals the sacredness of the words we speak. proverbs 10 unveils the 7 aspects of the lips of the righteous.
- Well of life: “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life,
But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.” -proverbs 10:11
- Discernment: “Wisdom is found on the lips of him who has understanding,
But a rod is for the back of him who is devoid of understanding.” -proverbs 10:13
- Self Control: “In the multitude of words sin is not lacking,
But he who restrains his lips is wise.” -proverbs 10:19
- Valuable: “The tongue of the righteous is choice silver;
The heart of the wicked is worth little.” -proverbs 10:20
- Nourishing:“The lips of the righteous nourish many, but fools die for lack of judgment.” -proverbs 10:21
- Wisdom: “The mouth of the righteous brings forth wisdom,
But the perverse tongue will be cut out.” -proverbs 10:31
- Acceptable: “The lips of the righteous know what is acceptable,
But the mouth of the wicked what is perverse.” -proverbs 10:32
out of all the above verses, proverbs 10:21 stood out to me the most. it made me think about how i speak to not only others, but to myself as well. are my words full of grace and love, which are the essential nutrients to nourish a soul; or are they full of hate and loathing, that are damaging to a soul? are you damaging or nourishing?
think back to the times of the city of Jericho. for six days the people of God marched around the city in complete silence. (first of all, can you imagine not speaking for that long?!? girl i sure can’t!!) on the 7th day the walls immediately fell when the people shouted. the people of God waited for His direction before engaging in the power of their tongues. here we see because their tongues were guarded, they received a great reward. [reference Joshua 6:20]
speaking negatively can take a toll on your spirit, but guarding our speech can bring about spiritual bounty.
proverbs 18:21 tells us that life and death are in the power of the tongue. it would make sense that since the words we speak so carelessly have power, that the words of our prayers have power as well. as christians we should have “reverent submission” to God in our prayers (like Jesus did in Hebrews 5:7), that will lead us to living a holy life.
you see, our words aren’t really a mouth issue, they are a heart issue. so dear friends, let God mend your heart. He is the only one who truly can. once your heart is aligned, your words will follow.