The Power of Our Tongue

by Pastor Billy Chidester
 
Romans 1:16 says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes, first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.” I love that verse! O how great the power of the gospel! Thank you Lord for our salvation! We often times forget, though, that the gospel doesn’t just save us from future punishment for sin, but in it we also are set free from the present power of sin. (I would hope for an Amen at this point.)
 
One of the ways that the gospel effects us today if we are surrendering to the power of the gospel is that our words change. Jesus said in Luke 6:45, “A good person produces good out of the good stored up in his heart. An evil person produces evil out of the evil stored up in his heart, for his mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.” The gospel of Jesus Christ–when it changes a person–changes all of him or her. As a follower of Jesus may this be a reminder and an exhortation. 
Within the tongue (our words) is the power to give life and to take life. In other words, through the things we say we can build others up and help them, or we can tear others down and hurt them. Proverbs 12:18 says it this way: “There is one who speaks rashly, like a piercing sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Stop and picture that. Get the picture in your mind of stabbing someone with a sword. That’s not a pretty picture. Yet this is the picture that we see here of words being used as weapons. Sometimes we do this on purpose. But I believe often times we mean no harm, but the result is the same.
 
So, may I exhort you today to bring healing. “No foul language (that’s not just curse words!) should come from your mouth, but only what is good for building up someone in need, so that it gives grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4:29
 
So, next time you’re talking in the lobby, before your Bible study begins, after church is over, when you’re talking to your friends on the phone and you’re tempted to complain or to even judge someone on a subject you are merely speculating on, remember the power of your words.
 
Let’s ask the Lord for forgiveness. Let’s ask the Lord to show us if we have hurt someone with our words, and let’s be the people Christ has called us to be, who aren’t merely enjoying freedom from a future judgment of sin, but also enjoying freedom from the present power of sin–especially the controlling power of our tongues. 
 
Be Blessed.

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