Words. We write them, we sing them, we say them, we think them.
But as John Piper, Justin Taylor, and other contributors make very clear in their compilation “The Power of Words and the Wonder of God” (2009), there is power to your words. Significant power.
Justin Taylor, general editor with John Piper, makes this tie between words and Christianity in the introduction:
“At every stage in redemptive history-from the time before time, to God’s creation, to man’s fall, to Christ’s redemption, and to the coming consummation-“God is there and He is not silent.” God’s words decisively create, confront, convict, correct, and comfort. By His words he both interprets and instructs.”
Taylor recounts the power of words as expressed in the Bible from the opening scenes of the Bible (where God speaks, names, and sustains) to the life of Jesus and His words in the Gospel.
Author Paul David Tripp highlights how many think words don’t matter:
“All of us are tricked into thinking that words aren’t really that important, because they fill all those little mundane moments of our lives. Maybe that’s exactly why they’re profoundly important. I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but you only make up three or four big decisions in your life. Most of us won’t be written up in history books. Several decades after you die, the people you leave behind will struggle to remember the events of your life. You live your life in the utterly mundane. And if God doesn’t rule your mundane, he doesn’t rule you, because that’s where you live.”
Think about it. On a day-to-day basis, your words make such an impact on people. You can lift people or tear people down. It’s your choice. You can choose to maintain that grudge against that person who hurt you, or you can choose to say the very powerful words: “I forgive you.” We sometimes think so highly of ourselves that we think our pride is so important that we can’t forgive others. But in reality, our life is but a glimmer on this earth, and significance comes from Christ. So, in a blunt way, we individually are not so important that forgiving others should be so difficult. And this goes to myself as well, believe me.
Tripp also focuses on the importance of the heart:
“When the Bible uses the word heart, it means the causal core of your personhood. The heart is your directional system. The heart is your steering wheel. Your behavior isn’t caused by the situations and relationships outside of you. Luke 6:43-45 teaches that your experiences influence, but do not determine, your behavior. Your behavior is shaped and caused by how your heart reacts to and interacts with the situations and relationships that are outside of you.”
-Final thought for this blog: Your words are a reflection of where your heart is. If your heart is full of bitterness or anger, your words will reflect that. If your heart is full of lust or sin, your words will reflect that. If your heart is full of joy and happiness, then your words will be happy and joyful. If Christ is in your heart, then your words will reflect the personality of Christ to those around you.
I will continue, as I just started this book. Remember how important your words are!