A Way With Words


1 Peter 4:11 says, “If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.” God’s words create (Genesis 1:3), give life (Matthew 4:4), sustain all things (Hebrews 1:3), rebuke evil (Mark 4:39), and demonstrate His authority (Luke 4:36).  Every word of God is flawless (Proverbs 30:5) and he is watching over His word to see that it is fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:12).  Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). Words matter to our God—they are the essence of His Kingdom! We relate to God and to men through our use of words.

How often do we use our words to gossip, slander, argue, and complain, even though God’s Word is clear that out of the same mouth, blessing and cursing should not emerge (James 3:10)?!  Jesus gave us authority over all power of the enemy (Luke 10:19) and yet we empower the devil by using our breath to curse our fellow men, to complain about our circumstances, and to judge negatively according to our own understanding. Matthew 12:36 says, “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty [careless, idle, thoughtless, unhelpful] word they have spoken.”  An idle word is like an idling car—It is not engaged in advancing the Kingdom of God against the darkness of this world.

In order to be ambassadors of the “greater things” of God’s Kingdom, we must start by minding every syllable uttered! Take time today to repent and to cancel the effects of your careless words in the heavenlies. Then ask the LORD to purify your heart, for out of the heart, the mouth speaks (Luke 6:45). Surrender your every word to the Holy Spirit’s power of self-control, asking the LORD to set a guard over your mouth and to keep watch over the door of your lips (Psalm 141:3). Speak Kingdom life!



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