bible verses about the power of words

4 Bible Verses About the Power of Words

Bible verses about the power of words are everywhere in there! So, I have the challenge of choosing just three. Okay, I hope not to disappoint you. Well, it looks like I couldn’t stick with three. You’re getting an extra one. I will try to keep it real and short at the same time so you don’t have to listen to me droning on and on.

But before we jump into these Bible verses about the power of words, let me give you a sample of some words you may or may not want to hear.

You choose how to be spoken to.

    Which way would you rather hear it?

  1. “Oh, it’s you. Yeah, yea, what do you want? You are a complete imbecile for thinking anyone would want you on this site! You probably haven’t even brushed your teeth yet.”

  2. -or-

  3. Oh, hey, it’s you again. Flipping awesome. I’m glad you are here. You are a valued visitor to my site! I hope you have a comment for me below. It’s been a minute since we had a chat.”

Now I hope no one takes offense. This is obviously just an exercise in the power of words. Even if you haven’t brushed your teeth yet, just take care of it when you get a sec. I just wanted us both to see that words do carry power. These Bible verses about the power of words enlighten us to the reality of death and life, and they reveal our responsibility to do what is right regardless of the pull to the dark side. Underneath, they also reveal that we are meant for so much more than what we realize.

First and Second Verse

Proverbs 18:20,21

A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled. Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.

This verse is so cool!

If you look closely, it brings two entities onto the scene; 1) Death, and… 2) Life.

Whichever way you want it, death or life. You’re going to love one of them. So, the power of the tongue combined with your choice of death or life determines some outcomes for you.

Meaning, whatever comes out of your mouth, life or death, is an obvious sign of what you love.

And, you will either receive the fruit of the seeds of life you plant. Or you will receive the fruit of the seeds of death that you plant.

You can say, “Oh, it’s just a little bit of gossip.”

Or, you can quite ignorantly complain about everything that happens in your life and not realize that those things happen to strengthen you.

I have to check myself right here because I have been complaining lately about a certain situation. Wow. No more for me. “Bible verses about the power of words,” open my eyes. My complaining plants seeds in my life that perpetuate the situation I am complaining about in the first place.

What do you complain about?

  • Finances (You got me there.)
  • Friends
  • Family
  • Everything
  • Work
  • Pain
  • The Weather
  • Having to wake up in the morning
  • Where you live

On this last one, my backpacking ruffian friend talked about how she and her girlfriend made a choice. Her advice about location, “If you don’t like where you live, move.” It’s good advice about that particular complaint. So, they moved, got away from the mundane Illinois countryside and became world travelers all in one shot. It’s amazing what can change when you do something different.

If you are stuck…

Maybe you can’t move away from every one of these, but you can change your perception about them. Once you changed your perception, you can change the way you speak as well. You can speak life. And life will breed more life in your life. Whoa! That sounds great.

If you stop complaining and become thankful, you can begin to see the benefit of the struggle and how it makes you stronger.

Forget words of “Death” altogether. There is something sinister about them, but sometimes the pull to gossip or complain is quite intense.

Run away! Run away!

Instead, you can hold yourself to a different standard: Love Life instead.

All websites insist on this motto: Life Breeds Life, So Speak Life!

Nothing good ever comes from speaking evil. The only benefit is the selfish pleasure of an evil act. That’s not who I want to be, for sure.

Third Verse

Okay, the last two verses are sort of self-explanatory, but they are equally important to understand as far as Bible verses about the power of words go. So, I will write something for each.

Matthew 12:36,

“But I say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.”

The word in question in this verse is obviously idle. I don’t care about the word “judgment” necessarily. I can’t judge anyone, and anytime I think I get to, someone should run up behind me and smack me in the back of the head. Judgment is an individual’s issue with God.

The best definition for “idle” I can see in this context is “useless.”

We have already sort of talked about this then as well.

  1. Complaints are useless. They don’t change any situation. If anything, complaints either exacerbate or perpetuate a bad situation.
  2. Gossip is useless. Even if what you say about someone else is accurate, nothing comes of it. You just show yourself as a backbiting busybody that people shouldn’t trust.
  3. Bullying could fit this category of useless conversation. No one likes a bully, especially the bully.

I’m sure there are other forms of idle conversation, but this is enough. You get the gist.

Something I will say about judgment

It’s more of a question. What if the fruit of our lives judges us? What if how we treat ourselves and others brings about either judgment or applause? “Idle” words build nothing, and they don’t even necessarily tear anything down either. They are completely worthless.

So, if we employ ourselves in the practice of building, speaking life, you and I will be judged as acceptable. I believe it.

Fourth Verse

James 3:2,

“For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word the same is a perfect man and able also to bridle the whole body.”

This process cannot be conquered overnight. Reading a few Bible verses about the power of words can only influence you in that direction. Nobody is perfect. In this verse though, the word “perfect” only means “complete,” just in case you wondered and describes what should be the coveted goal of every loving person on the planet. To not offend in words shows a maturity difficult to attain. Those who pursue this grand objective will find themselves not controlled by their impulses. If you can control that little “wagger” inside your mouth, you have reached a level of true capacity. And God bless you, too.

I’m working on it, and I’ll get back to you. For now, I will just say this to you: You are wonderful if you have blessed me to read this far. I love you and hope that you truly discover all the greatness inside you.

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There’s a little exercise in the power of words that one of the members of Wealthy Affiliate’s community put together. The post is called “Choosing Motivational Words for Success.” Check it out.

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