Words are incredibly powerful. They can build up, encourage, and motivate or they can also tear down and deeply hurt others. Our words will either create something good and positive, or they will create something negative – something we really don’t want. Proverbs 18:21 says “death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” The success or failure of a Christian is based on the positive or negative confessions they make on a daily basis. A true confession of faith will always agree with the Word of God so we must learn to speak words that are positive and encouraging. Your faith will never rise above the level of your positive confessions.
An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them to make it through the day. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill their spirit to the point that they give up and stop trying. When Jesus was being tempted by Satan in the desert, He used words only from scripture to fight and resist the devil. He knew the power and force behind the words that are God-breathed. With our words we can agree with God or agree with the devil; the choice is ours to make. It is easy and uncaring to speak ungodly words, but it takes real effort and desire to speak words of love and faith.
God does not want us to use our words as a weapon to tear another person down. He wants us to use our words to bless others. Jesus says in Matthew 5:44, “But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” We should not under-estimate the value of an encouraging word for it just may provide great comfort at just the right time to make a big difference in someone’s life. I’m sure that you can remember a time when you were at the end of your rope ready to give up and someone crossed your path that day with a word that lifted your heart and gave you the boost you needed to hang on just a little while longer.
Job 22: 28 says “Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee; and the light shall shine upon thy way.” Exercise your faith and build God’s word into your life. The power behind God’s word will change your circumstances; it will even change the atmosphere around you. Speak positively not only for yourself but for those around you who might be struggling with the challenges of life who need to hear words of faith and receive hope that only you can give them.