By Marques Cunningham
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”…what a lie! The words that we speak for better or worst will come true. Our words will either elevate or destroy us. Almost everything in life is contingent on words, which is why Solomon frequently sought out “good and acceptable” words (Eccl 12:10).
Words are as useful as an oasis in the midst of a desert if used properly. When a friend loses a loved one, your words may be the only consolation for their broken spirit. That lonely elderly man, who doesn’t have any loved ones, would give the world to hear your loving words. Words can instill hope, encouragement, and order in ways that otherwise would be impossible.
Words can also destroy us if misused. Belittling, gossip, slander, lying, and complaining are all ways that death is produced by words. When we use our words to belittle someone, we not only hurt their feelings but we speak those horrible words into existence.
The creation is a great example of how powerful words are. The detailed seven day account (Genesis 1) explains how God created a different thing each day by his words.
Words reveal the contents of your heart. Words can help you obtain salvation because it requires a public testimony in order to receive.
Many will deny the Lord and be doomed to eternity in Hell over words. Matthew 12:36 tells us that “every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment”. We will give an account for every word which includes the fussing, cussing, gossip, lies, false accusations, complaining, and every other useless word.
Marques E. Cunningham is a Journalist, Freelance Writer, and Author with ten years professional writing experience. His weekly blog According to the Word is updated every Saturday. Follow him on twitter @marquesc850