The Power of Words


There is power in words, spoken and written word. Many people today are recognizing this, there are tons of self-help books out there talking about positive words, phrases, and even thinking (the words we tell ourselves). But what some may not know is this concept is not new, it comes from the Bible.

There is power in both positive and negative words, that can benefit and hurt us. In the picture above, are the words, I love you, most of us know the comfort those words can bring when spoken and/or written to us. Also we know the hurt they can bring when we do not hear those words.This also brings up the fact the unspoken words, if left unsaid can hurt as well.

Today I would like to go thru some scripture and point out some examples of the power words have as seen through scripture.

1.  Words are powerful. 

God spoke when he created the world. By him saying, let it be, it was created, that is pretty powerful.

But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water. 2 Peter 3:5

2.   Few words are better than many words.

The more the words, the less the meaning, and how does that profit anyone? Ecclesiastes 6:11

And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Matthew 6:7

But in the church I would rather speak five intelligible words to instruct others than ten thousand words in a tongue 1 Corinthians 14:19

3. Words can heal.

The centurion replied, “Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed. Matthew 8:8

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. Matthew 8:16

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. John 15:3

This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you. 2 Kings 20:5

LORD my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me. Psalm 30:2

4. Words have power over the enemy.

All the people were amazed and said to each other, “What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!” Luke 4:36

They were amazed at his teaching, because his words had authority Luke 4:32

The Jews who heard these words were again divided. John 10:19

5. Kind words are better than harsh words with the best of intentions.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1

The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction. Proverbs 16:21

Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Proverbs 16:24

The LORD detests the thoughts of the wicked, but gracious words are pure in his sight. Proverbs 15:26

6. Be cautious on who you speak to.

A person finds joy in giving an apt reply— and how good is a timely word!Proverbs 15:23

The words of the mouth are deep waters, but the fountain of wisdom is a rushing stream.Proverbs 18:4

Saying 10 Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words. Proverbs 23:9

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. Matthew 7:6

Saying 12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge. Proverbs 23:12

7. Our we can be acquitted or condemned by our words or lack their of.

For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:37

But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36

 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.  There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day. John 12:46-48

Again, if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle? So it is with you. Unless you speak intelligible words with your tongue, how will anyone know what you are saying? You will just be speaking into the air. Undoubtedly there are all sorts of languages in the world, yet none of them is without meaning. 1 Corinthians 14:8-10

But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:8-9  

8. What we hear can build us up and encourage faith.

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. Romans 10:17

“Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Acts 20:32

Therefore encourage one another with these words 1 Thessalonians 4:18

Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up. Proverbs 12:25

9. And finally, what I think everyone should, speak, believe and know in and over their lives.

so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11

Be Blessed My Friends

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