Words … its one thing everyone has in common, even those who can’t speak, hear, or see. Words are all around us. We can’t look at something without thinking a word. Even babies grasp the power of words though they can’t form them yet. Their words come out in a jumbled mess of sounds, but don’t miss that they are still using words.
And yet, it seems s though words are taken so lightly, tossed around so easily, given very little thought. How many times a day do we say things we don’t really mean, imply things we don’t really think, or use words we don’t really understand. We ‘always,’ this and ‘never,’ that. We ‘promise,’ this and ‘love,’ that. Can anyone ever really do ‘always’ and ‘never’? Is that even possible? Can anyone ever really ‘promise’ or ‘love’ as much as we say? Really think about those words and what is implied by them. No, really, THINK about them. If we aren’t promised tomorrow, then how can we promise tomorrow, or an always or a never? And the word ‘love,’ I’m sure I don’t have to go there since we all know we love our car, our food, and our mom.
If words were money, would we spend them so unwisely? If words were money, would we toss them around like we do? Throwing them here and there as we walked? What if words like ‘always,’ ‘never,’ ‘promise,’ and ‘love’ were the $1,000 bills? Would we spend them differently? I bet then we would really understand the power of our spoken words. I bet we’d start paying attention to how we used them or failed to use them. But here’s the kicker, we’d still only have a distorted truth. An error planted by satan to keep us from living the way God wants us too. Yes, we really do miss the truth that words have power, unless we are on the receiving end of those words.
If we take a look at Scripture, as Robert Morris puts it in his book “The Power of Your Words,” “there is a wealth of wisdom and insight about the power of words,” and we can “stop abusing the power of words – creating waste, hurt, lack, and lifelessness.” Even words like promise and love can end up creating waste, hurt, lack, and lifelessness. In his sermon on this subject he said that we don’t need to get God in agreement with our words, we need to get our words in agreement with God. Our words either agree with God or with satan. So when we are saying ‘always,’ ‘never,’ ‘promise,’ and ‘love’ are those words being used in a way that agree with God? Or do they agree with satan?
We tend to look at our words with only a half truth. Just like many truths in God’s Word, it is a paradox, an argument that produces an inconsistency. If we viewed words like promise and love like $1,000 bills – would we spend them much? But if we look at Scripture, God doesn’t skimp on His spending of them, does He? But it doesn’t seem like He treats them like pennies either, throwing them out to the dogs and the swine like we do. Know why? Eh, I probably don’t know why either, but I have a theory.
I think its because His words come from His heart and not His mind. Our words come from our minds and not our hearts. When words go through the currency exchange system of our hearts, they take on a whole new value. When we say them from our hearts, they take on new meanings. If we say, “I will always love you,” from our minds, it means “I will put up with you until I can’t any more.” But run through the exchange system of our hearts it means “I will cherish, honor, and respect you through whatever comes along – period.” When we say ‘never’ through our minds, it means ‘sometimes’ but through our hearts it means “not in any degree : not under any condition.” When we say ‘promise’ from our mind, it means “I fully intend to but if it doesn’t happen you’ll just have to understand.” But from our hearts, it means “a declaration assuring that one will or will not do something.” And love, well that one is one of the most powerful and misused words of all. What did God mean when He said that word?
He meant that no matter what He had to do, He would do it for you. Just for YOU, not him, or her, or even those people over there … for YOU. When God promised something, He did it, no matter what. Nothing gets in the way of a promise God makes. God will ALWAYS keep His promises, He PROMISES to NEVER leave, and He has gone to great links to prove His LOVE. Such expensive words, yet so freely given.
35 The good man from his inner good treasure [q]flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse [r]flings forth evil things. 36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment men will have to give account for every [s]idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak. 37 For by your words you will be justified and acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned and sentenced. ~ Matthew 13
8 But whatever comes out of the mouth comes from the heart … ~ Matthew 15
Before you speak, run it through your heart. Your mind might tell you it’s a good thing to say, but let your heart decide if its the right thing to say. Even good words spoken from the mind can create waste, hurt, lake, and lifelessness.
Yes, there is power in our words … but they have to come through a clean heart – a heart of God.