“Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.” -Yehuda Berg
“Considering the ‘powerful force’ of the words we utter, we must discipline ourselves to speak in a way that conveys respect, gentleness and humility. One of the clearest sign of a moral life is right speech. Perfecting our speech is one of the keystones of mature people. Before speaking take a few moments to contemplate what you will say and how you will say it; while considering the impact they will have on the listener/s. Be kind to all and speak words that are beacons of inspiration, enthusiasm and encouragement to all. Kind and sweet words are always music to the ears of the listeners.” -Dr. Hyder Zahed
These two quotes come from a secular article. It is amazing how even the world knows and understands the power of written and spoken words. If you ask almost any believer if they believe that words have the power to heal or damage a soul they would most likely say yes. However, the odd thing about it is how flippantly we still speak careless words to others. I believe for many of us this practice is a stronghold in our lives and whether we want to admit to this, it shows a lot about our character. In my 30 plus years of ministry I have counseled many broken relationships that have come to see me because of a byproduct of a common practice of careless words spoken to one another. They come in for affairs, emotional affairs, immoral practices by one of both spouses or discontent for one another. When I begin to counsel and listen I quickly realize that murder has occurred not physical murder but murder of the soul through careless words. Thus this wounded, vulnerable, or dead soul becomes the victim of perverted counsel from the Father of Lies. The Father of Lies deceives them into seeking safe harbor, care, or comfort through in appropriate behavior or practices. The physical manifestations then become the grounds that couples or people fight over and break fellowship over.
There is a flip side to this as well. Spoken and written words also have healing and life giving power. We see it throughout scripture. We see it in sports how powerful speeches or cheers from a crowd can will people to exceed their own expectations. This week we will be looking at “Impacting Lives Through Gracious Speech” and what it takes to be a gracious speaker; understanding this is a part of who God designed us to be. I pray I see you all here for this important message.
Love you all,