Look around your world. Do you see heavy faces, dark places? People in your life are struggling. Everywhere it seems there is a family difficulty, relationship drama, career crossroad or financial burden. There are people you love who don’t believe they are loved. There are people in your life who have no faith in their life right now. There are people in your path that have lost their way.
What if you had the supernatural power to infuse life into the weary eyes, listless hearts, empty lives? What if there was a way you could impart life to them right where they are?
This week for the next stop on our “Eve Diet”, we consider another apple reference in Scripture. “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11) A word well-given is as valuable and beautiful as golden apples on a silver platter. This word is a breath of fresh air, a moment of rest to someone.
God’s Word has much to say about the words that drip from our mouths. He wants us to catch a vision for the powerful force that is our tongue.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” (Proverbs 16:24) Do you know someone who needs healing? Pleasant words touch and heal.
Do you know someone who needs help, who has needs? (This is every one of us. The point precisely.) Ephesians 4:29 says, “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.” This verse shows us the power of words that are:
Focused: (“according to their needs”) Powerful words are words that are directed carefully, to the source of another’s individual need. We get to know and care about someone, pay attention to their lives, and then we are ready to focus our words on their exact need. This alone is powerful, because we all want to feel that someone else cares about the specifics of our lives.
Uplifting: (“helpful for building others up”) They are to be words that lift up, encourage, motivate and cheer on. Words that are literally helpful. Words that contribute value to the circumstance and speak faith into it, rather than ambivalence or doubt. Words that remind us that God is in control, He cares for us, He has a plan and wants us to trust Him. Etc.
Life-giving: (“that it may benefit those who listen”) Thirdly, focused and uplifting words will benefit that person. Heal, inspire, and renew them! Change and spiritual momentum will come to the person because of your words. Do you believe this? This is the power of a woman’s words! This is a golden opportunity for us to influence and affect lives. And not just that one person to whom we speak, but life-giving words affect all “those who listen”. Others in the vicinity of our conversations and lives will be affected by listening to our words.
The words of a woman can carry such weight! They literally bring life to dark places. May we make powerful use of our words today.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21)
- How do we misuse our tongues for death rather than life?
- Who in your path is hurting?
- Ask Him to put words of life on your tongue today.
“The Sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught.” Isaiah 50:4
Here’s a fun song for the week. Download and enjoiy.
These Words (I Love You, I Love You) by Natasha Bedingfield