Because words have power, we call this the Information Age. Like never before we exchange information. Yet do we consider the implications? Do we bless or curse others with our words? To those we love are our words filled with grace or condemnation? Do we entertain ourselves with rubbish? Do we fill our hearts and minds with examples we know we should not imitate? Do we have the courage to judge the words and deeds of others and avoid bad influences? Do we have the honesty to judge our own words and deeds? Do we have the perseverance to seek our Father in Heaven and constantly strive to imitate His Son, Jesus?
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Words are not simply sounds caused by air passing through our larynx. Words have real power. God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3), and we are in His image in part because of the power we have with words. Words do more than convey information. The power of our words can actually destroy one’s spirit, even stir up hatred and violence. They not only exacerbate wounds but inflict them directly. Of all the creatures on this planet, only man has the ability to communicate through the spoken word. The power to use words is a unique and powerful gift from God.
Our words have the power to destroy and the power to build up (Proverbs 12:6). The writer of Proverb tells us, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its…
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