Words are Important
“We have the same Spirit of faith that is described in the Scriptures when it says, ‘First I believed, then I spoke in faith.’ So we also first believe then speak in faith.” 2 Corinthians 4:13, TPT.
Back in elementary school, many long years ago, I remember assignments from a curriculum called, ‘Words Are Important,’ designed to improve our reading comprehension and vocabulary. We read a story and answered questions about what we had read. If I remember correctly, we were timed. The exercises were challenging in that the questions asked were subtle and aimed at ascertaining if the reader had really understood the words written on the page.
“Words Are Important” has stuck with me over the years. The truth of the matter is that words are important. Of all that God made, human beings are the only ones of His creation who use words. Animals communicate with one another but they don’t use words. Words are containers and can hold life or death, faith or fear. Proverbs 18:21 in The Message says, “Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.”
Jesus spoke sobering words in Matthew 12: 36-37: “…for every idle word that men speak, they will give an account on the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (MEV). Words are important to Jesus.
And words are important to God. Our words play a role in our salvation. Romans 10: 8-10 (MEV) says, “…This is the word of faith that we preach: that if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved, for with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
Hebrews 1: 3 (TPT) says that “the Son is the dazzling radiance of God’s splendor, the exact expression of God’s true nature—his mirror image! He holds the universe together and expands it by the mighty power of his spoken word.” And we know from Genesis chapter one that God spoke the world into existence.
By the Word of God, we receive faith. Romans 10:17 (GNV) states, “Then faith is by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” If there is little Word of God in our hearts, there will be little faith. More Word, more faith.
In whatever situation we face today, we need to be mindful of the words that come from our lips and speak God’s Word into our circumstances. Isaiah 55: 10 -11 (MSG): “Just as rain and snow descend from the skies and don’t go back until they’ve watered the earth…So will the words that come out of my mouth not come back empty-handed. They’ll do the work I sent them to do, they’ll complete the assignment I gave them.” The words we speak are important. I want to always speak the Word of God because I know it will never fail!
4/15/2021 10:30:02 am
Thank you for pointing out the importance of every word we speak! I am afraid that I am often careless in the words that come out of my mouth. Since it is a matter of life or death, fruit or poison, I must be more careful to reign in my words.
4/15/2021 06:25:15 pm
I think we all must be. Life or death, fruit or poison is pretty serious.
4/16/2021 07:24:18 am
A great reminder of how powerful our words can be - to build up or to tear down. As James says, "the tongue also is a fire," and "no human being can tame the tongue" (James 3:6 & 8). A kind word can keep you going all day; a negative one can ruin it.
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