Words are powerful little things. With them we can bless or we can curse. We can build up or we can tear down. We can encourage or discourage. We can build faith or reinforce doubt. The Bible is clear that the words formed with our tongue are powerful, a matter of life or death.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit. Proverbs 18:21
In the following verse below, just after we find out the weapons formed against us will not prosper, we read about condemning every tongue that accuses in judgment. Isn’t that interesting!?
No weapon formed against you will prosper; And every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their vindication is from Me, declares the Lord. Isaiah 54:17
Could our tongue form weapons? Could the words of our mouths be used in warfare? Could our words defeat an enemy? Or…. Could our words accuse and judge and condemn and defeat our brothers and sisters, the very ones we are called to join and build and unify? hmmm…
The Word of God is referred to as a sword on multiple occasions.
For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. Hebrews 4:12
Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:17
As children of the Most High God, sons and daughters created in His Image, our words have power. Our words are a sword with power to cut and kill. Let’s use the sword boldly and accurately to defeat the enemy. Let’s handle it with caution to never use words to cut or harm His Precious People.
When we speak about people let us use the tongue to produce life. To bless and not curse. To speak victory and not defeat.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? James 3:9-11
Let us carefully consider how we handle this small but powerful member of our body. Our words, which can be as sharp as a sword, should be chosen with extreme caution. Never should we use words to aid the enemy in defeating a brother or sister.
No person is perfect. God created us each uniquely ON PURPOSE. Each of us have our own strengths and weaknesses. We were not made to be able to live successfully on our own. We were made, AS A BODY, to depend upon other different parts. We were made to use our strengths to build each others weaknesses.
If they were all one part, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, but one body. The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has combined the members of the body and has given greater honor to the parts that lacked it, so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it.
You are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.
1 Corinthians 12:15-27
We should never curse our brothers and sisters because of an obvious weakness or apparent difference. It just should not be so. None of us have obtained perfection just yet. When we notice a weakness in a brother or sister, we have a responsibility.
A responsibility to pray.
A responsibility to believe the best.
A responsibility to build up and not tear down.
A responsibility to strengthen.
We have a responsibility to guard what we allow out of our mouths. Even during our private conversations. We can hope and believe and speak VICTORY right over the weak member. Or we can agree with the weakness and hinder the progress of His Body. Or worse, we can actually aid in their DEFEAT by heaping up condemnation as we speak in judgment. Each part of His Body is important and we should have equal concern for each other.
So I ask, when you observe a brother or sister in weakness, what are you choosing to speak? Will you consider your words a little more carefully? Will you handle the weapon of life and death with extreme caution? Each of us will give account for careless choices.
But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. Matthew 12:36