How powerful are right words!
John 15:20 – Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also.
So just how important are your words? I am asking that question of any man or woman of God who ever engages in speaking as an ambassador of the Lord before people. In fact, I am writing today to every Christian who ever speaks a word, for in the end, we shall give an account for every idle word that comes forth from our mouth. And to that point I must add that it is the responsibility of every believer as an ambassador of the Lord to “let no corrupt communication proceed from his mouth, but that which is good for the use of edification, that it may minister grace to the hearer.”
As believers, we MUST understand that the words that come from our mouths carry power into the world about us, and the ripple from those words has the potential of stretching around the world. I have come to understand that principle more as I have grown older in the ministry. It often occurs in my life that I am approached by someone I met only once in my life, perhaps three or more decades past. I have been told that in that brief encounter I said something that impacted their life from that point forward, and that they have shared it with many people through the years. In social media I read an account from a lady who has told her children about me. I was her pastor 30-years ago. She now lives in another state. It seems my words impacted her so much that she has introduced her children to me via social media. My words in her life not only impacted her and her family, but many others over the years. I am sure that many who read these words could share similar testimonies. As I said, the ripple from words that I have dropped in the sea of life may go on for decades and longer.
Think for a moment of men like the apostles and prophets of old. Their words span the ages. Some ancient writers’ words span the millennia, others the centuries, many the decades, and so it goes. Even the words you speak may have echoed through generations in your own family or community. Your words are powerful, holding eternal impact. Guard them, for in them, in that issue that comes forth from you tongue, are life and death.
Manna for Today – John 15:18-27; John 13:13-17; John 12:34-37; Romans 3:4; Psalm 119:89; Luke 1:37; Joshua 1:6-9; Ephesians 4:29; Matthew 12:34-37