Words…they fill our minds and our mouths. They describe and direct, they encourage and tear down…alone they seem powerless but when attached to the heart of those speaking them, they are full of power. In Genesis 1 we see that God SPOKE the details of the world into existence; light, water, stars, animals and man. With his words alone, He put everything in its place.
Our words also have power. The words we speak over ourselves and the words we speak to and over others are fueled by the power of the passion within our hearts. Luke 6:45, “…For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.” Filling your heart with the word of God will help to wrap the words you speak with grace, mercy and love.
Ephesians 4:29, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
In Ephesians 4 it tells us that we are to build others up according to THEIR needs, not what we want or feel like saying, our words aren’t intended for our benefit but for the benefit of others. They are a gift we get to give to others daily. How are you wrapping your gift to others?
Are your words wrapped with the love, grace, mercy and forgiveness that is Jesus Christ, or is your gift of words one that people are begging to return or exchange? You would never wrap a valuable gift in dirt and mud to give to someone. Just the same, your gift of words should be wrapped well and worthy to be given. Sure there are times when unpleasant things have to be discussed, confrontation has to take place and problems have to be solved but all of these done with the right words produce amazing results. However, these same situations handled with the wrong words produce devastating results.
Words are the directional force of our attitude and emotions. If you are constantly speaking negative words over yourself; “I’m not smart enough,” “I’m not pretty enough,” “I’m not talented enough…” and on and on…then you’ll never step into the fullness of what God has for you. You’ll sell yourself short and miss out on the stretching you so desperately need to increase your capacity and obtain all that God has set for you to accomplish. On the contrary, if you’ll align your words with what the Word of God says about you, you will begin to live that out and experience more and go further than you ever thought possible.
Today, as you encounter those around you, make a choice to give your gift of words wrapped in the best packaging…words that will leave a lasting impression of encouragement and love. Make sure you are building others up with your words according to THEIR needs. And remember, the words you say to and about others is an open window into the condition of your heart…keep your heart pure and life will flow from your mouth.
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Great word, Erin! Wonderfully written.
I am actively working on understanding the power of words in my own life. My wife and I are very much in a season of blessing right now and yet despite that, I always tend to protect myself by expecting failure or negativity at some level “just in case it doesn’t work out”. And while the words, inspired by this mindset, that come out may not seem negative on the surface, I am in essence declaring defeat instead of accepting the circumstances and declaring victory.
This is the third word to hit me this week specifically on this topic. Thanks so much for sharing! Time to step out.
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