Power in Your Words

Joel Sanchez 

"The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks."  Luke 6:45

Most of us, while growing up, were told by our parents, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, say nothing at all.” But somehow, I think we forget as adults. We often listen to people around us who may not know Christ and we critique their language, perhaps because of the bad words they use.

But do we ever stop to think about our own words? Though we may not readily use curse words, sometimes the way we speak ruins our ability to witness to others.

Some of us are very critical of others. When someone makes a mistake or doesn’t hit the mark, we immediately use our words to wound them. Others of us have an issue spreading gossip. We are not done hearing and we are halfway sharing.

There are those who are always down and depressed. Their words never bring encouragement, joy or inspiration. Instead they complain about every situation and circumstance. There are those that when a conversation turns critical of others or demeaning to a certain group, they continue to add fuel to the fire rather than speak peace and unity.

Luke 6:45 tells us that the only way to curve our speech is to guard our hearts. What area of your heart needs to be guarded and perhaps checked? Maybe you have developed words of complaining rather than words of gratitude. Maybe you have developed words of criticism rather than words that build up others. Ask God to search your heart, to reveal to you how you can change your words so that you speak and breathe life into every conversation that you have this week.

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