The power of speech can be a blessing or a curse. In the Bible we see words being used for both evil and good. The Pharisees used words to try to trick Jesus into saying something that would discredit Him as the holy Son of God. In the say way, Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness with words (Matthew 4:1-11), quoting Scripture out of context and using flattery and promises in his attempt to convince Jesus to bow down and worship him.
Jesus Himself used words as God meant them to be used, to communicate truth, to convey love and forgiveness, and to glorify the Father. To those who accused Him and sought to destroy Him, He spoke in simple parables and statements that revealed their hypocrisy and God’s ultimate glory to all who listened.
But for those who humbly sought Him, His words were loving, a balm to troubled hearts, guilty consciences, and feelings of worthlessness. He comforted them, quoting the promises of God has made to those who truly repent and turn to Him.
In future posts, we’ll learn what the Scriptures teach about speech: from boasting, swearing, and gossiping to praising, encouraging, and rejoicing. We’ll examine the ways in which we can use our words to build each other up, showing love in all things, rather than using our speech as a weapon to tear down others. 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.”
John Waller sings a song called “The Blessing.” Youtube him listen and think about the words. That each word that comes out of our mouth, we will either build up or tear down, give life or give death. And we will be judged by God for each of our words. Like it is said, if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say it at all.