Monday, December 3, 2018

Your Words Matter

Words have power to change things for better or worse. One match can do much good. It can be used to light a furnace that may keep a house warm in the winter. Also, a match could start a wildfire that may destroy a forest of trees. A match is like the words that we speak. Those words may do much good, bringing a blessing to many. However, words can also be used for much evil. That means words matter.

Resolve to make your words a blessing to others. Your words may encourage someone who is depressed. Your words could build up someone to do good for others. Your words could be used to make a difference in someone's life. "Let your speech always be with grace" (Colossians 4:6). Yes, your words matter.

Relationships in life are built upon words. A marriage begins by exchanging words in vows. Good marriages grow through words of love, affection, and appreciation. The same marriage could be ruined through words of criticism and verbal abuse. Words may nurture the relationship or destroy it. Your words matter.

Use your words to the glory of God. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Offer words of thanksgiving to God in prayer. Share words of testimony about your faith in God. Share your faith with others through words from the Bible. "May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart be pleasing to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer" (Psalm 19:14, NLT). With God, our words matter.