There is one thing that can determine the course of your life. It is small but lethal. It is one of the most powerful weapons. Something that can open doors, change lives and even the course of history. It is you mouth; your words! Look at what the Bible says in James 3, 4-6 about the tongue:
Take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.
How powerful! When you can control the words that come out of your mouth you can control your whole body. Do you want more discipline in your life? Then start choosing your words wisely. God gave you a mouth to speak and with it a lot of power.
Jesus came on earth to fight by his words! He brought the sword. He combated with his mouth. The prophet Jesaja knew many years ago, that the Messiah would fight with words and not through shedding blood.
He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth; with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked. Jesaja 11,4b
Jesus used his mouth to change situations. He healed by speaking and he forgave sins by his words. Not only that, he spoke us righteous. He didn’t need violence or war to bring God’s kingdom on earth. No, his words were enough.
He gave us his word that through him we are made right with God. Jesus spoke life into people’s circumstances. Taking him as our role model, we should choose our words wisely as the Proverbs in the Bible remind us:
Death and live are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18,21
You can change lives with your words for better or worse. Wisely used words can change how a person feels, thinks and acts. Moreover, how you talk about yourself and your circumstances matters!
Think about people that influenced you in the past with their words. What did your parents say about your grades in school when you were a child? Did they compliment you often? What about other people in your life? Are there people who drag you down or encourage you? How did those words affect your life and how do they still affect you today?
Words can make you or break you!
You want to read more about the power of words? Because of the enormous importance of this subject, my next few blog posts will be about words and how to use them.