Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
There’s an old saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” However, the truth is words do hurt. The words that we speak can either build people up (life) or tear people down (death). The Lord desires for us to speak words of life towards others. He doesn’t want us to bring people down and speak words of death. So, if we’re going to follow God’s way of doing things, then the question is; how do we speak words of life? Well, there are two ways.
First, we should exhort (encourage) others. There are so many people in this world hurting because they have been verbally abused. Their defeated mentality is rooted in years of hearing discouraging words spoken to them. They have been called worthless, losers, and unlovable just to name a few. However, God sees them as valuable (Matthew 10:31), more than conquerors (Romans 8:37), and lovable (Romans 5:8). We have to see these people as God sees them. Once we are able to do this then we can exhort (encourage) them. Our exhortation (encouragement) will strengthen them to walk in their true identity, which is found in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Acts 15:32- Now Judas and Silas, themselves being prophets also, exhorted and strengthened the brethren with many words.
Second, speak gracious words to people. This means to speak kindly towards others. There are too many people in the world that are mean, rude, and sarcastic. It’s time for the Body of Christ to rise up and show people the love of Jesus by speaking graciously. Let’s put away our foolish talk and be wise by using gracious words.
Ecclesiastes 10:12- The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious, but the lips of a fool shall swallow him up.
Jesus spoke with gracious words.
Luke 4:22- So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”
Let us follow these biblical principles so that we can impact this world. Always remember to exhort (encourage) and be gracious with the words you speak.