The Power of Speech

“What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him ‘unclean,’ but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him ‘unclean.'” (Matthew 15:11)

You’ve heard the expression, you are what you eat.  This verse suggests you are what you say.  It’s easy to fall into the trap of thinking what we say doesn’t really matter if we mean it in jest, but the Bible repeatedly stresses the power of speech.

James compares the human tongue to a ship’s rudder and a spark that causes a blazing fire.  It is no mystery that God commanded for his name not to be spoken “in vain” or without giving a thought to its meaning.  Our words are so powerful that, as Paul says in the book of Romans, “if you confess with your mouth ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.”

Salvation requires people to verbalize their faith in Christ.  The outward confession is evidence of the inward belief.  As Jesus goes on to say in Matthew, “The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart.”

Try to remember that your words have power.  Think about the words you want to use and what they say about your heart.

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2 Responses to The Power of Speech

  1. karianneirwin920 says:

    I really like the title of your blog! I once had a professor for a communications course who did a devotion with the class each week. The very first week she talked about us being the salt of the earth. God sprinkles us on this earth to share the Good News. We are like salt used to flavor the earth with Christ. I agree about how powerful our words are. This post is a great reminder that we really need to watch what we say and how we say it. God has given us the gift of speech and language, so we need to watch how we use His gift. Thank you for creating this blog, I really enjoy reading your posts!

  2. can’t agree more – words have unbelievable power – this is why James warns us of the trouble our tongues can cause. Thanks for sharing!

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