The Power of Words
“Words can inspire, and words can destroy. Choose yours well,” is an adage often said but seldom followed. Have you ever stopped to consider the weight of your words? Scripture reminds us, “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin” (Proverbs 10:8, NLT).
Listen More, Speak Less
You’ve likely heard that God gave us two ears and one mouth for a reason: to listen twice as much as we speak. Proverbs 17:27 (NLT) advises, “A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.” Gentlemen, it’s time we recognize our words as tools in the hands of the Holy Spirit. We need to know when to speak and when to hold our tongue, understanding the immense power words can wield.
Your Words: A Weapon or a Balm?
The Bible tells us, “Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing” (Proverbs 12:18, NLT). As young Christian men, we are called to be leaders in our homes, churches, and communities. How do you wield your tongue’s power? Do you bring healing or inflict wounds? In our leadership roles, let’s aim to build up and encourage, not tear down and destroy.
What Your Words Reveal About You
According to Luke 6:45 (NLT), “A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” If you find that your words are betraying your Christian walk, it may be time for some spiritual inventory. Let’s strive to be men whose words reflect a heart transformed by God.
The Last Word
As we step into the future, remember Matthew 12:36 (NLT), “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.” Brothers, let’s commit to using our words wisely, always aware of the tremendous impact they can have.