Power of Our Words

I love a good heart-to-heart conversation with my best friend. I look forward to our phone dates each month because I cannot wait to share stories from our lives. My favorite part usually includes filling her in on the occasional awkward moments that follow me around everywhere. I feel as if my life could be a TV show of these series of painfully unfortunate events. Does anyone else have those moments, or am I the only one?

According to ABC News, women use on average 16000 words a day[1]. That’s a lot of words! That comes close to 666 words per hour each day. Within a year, women can use an average of 5,840,000 words.

woman-791874_1920Out of the 16000 words spoken every day, what do you talk about the most? Do you discuss with your friends how difficult your math quiz was? Do you share at the lunch table with your girl friends about the cute guy that has been texting you? Do you spend time “venting” about how mad someone made you? Do you bash someone’s picture on social media? Do you dwell on negative things when you open your mouth or is it filled encouragement?

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen.

Paul is urging the church in Ephesus to speak purposefully and wisely. He doesn’t say, don’t let a little bit of unwholesome talk come out; rather he clearly communicates that there should be NO unwholesome words coming from our tongues. The church should be set apart by how they use their words to love others.pretty-351884_1920

God has graciously given us the ability to communicate with other people. He has entrusted us to use our mouths to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. Speaking is a gift from God to converse with others. May the 16000 words that come from our mouths be filled with grace and truth instead of gossip and slander.

As we embark upon a new year, let us ask the Lord to help us use words that uplift one another. We have the power to build up or tear down. We can speak life over someone or we can speak death. As believers, may we be known as a people who take advantage of those 16000 words each day to share the goodness and kindness of God. How many of the 5,840,000 words will you use to proclaim the gospel in 2017?

By: Lauren Bush

[1] Phillips, A. (2007). Study: Women Don’t Talk More Than Men. Retrieved January 01, 2017, from http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=3348076&%3Bpage=1

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