Do You Know The Power Of Your Words?

I read a quote recently from Charles R. Swindon’s book, Growing Strong In the Seasons of Life.  It describes strolling up a windswept hill in a country churchyard in England.  There, as the story goes, you would discover a drab, gray slate tombstone.  The epitaph on this quaint headstone is not easily seen unless you stoop down and look closely.   As you look closely at the faint etchings you will read:

Beneath this stone, a lump of clay, lies Arabella Young, who on the twenty-fourth of May began to hold her tongue.

I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want that “tribute” on my headstone.   Psalm 95:6 speaks of worshipping, bowing down and kneeling before the Lord.  Lately, God has really been dealing with me about my words and His desire for me to hold my tongue.  Our words are a sweet fragrance of worship when we bless God and others with our words.  Ephesians 4:29-30 tells us we can grieve the Holy Spirit with our words.  The thought of that causes me to pause.  We choose to curse those created in God’s image when we use angry words, unkind remarks, gossip, or push our opinion.

Sometime I  feel duct tape may not be enough to control my impulsive tongue.  I do know God is enough if I am willing to continue to worship Him and kneel before Him.  As my relationship with Him grows there will be less need for that duct tape.

Psalm 95:6 reads, “Oh, come let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our maker.”  You may wish to search for other Scripture references regarding our words if you are serious about honoring God with your words.  Here are a few to get you started.  Please leave a comment sharing other verses, sayings, or songs you find.  Hover over the Scripture reference and the verse will be displayed for you.

  • Proverbs 12:18
  • Proverbs 18:21
  • James 3:9-10
  • Ephesians 4:29-30
  • Proverbs 13:3
  • Proverbs 17:27

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