The Eve Diet Part II: The Weight of a Woman’s Words

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)

Ponder This:

  • 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.

Savor this:

“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

Enjoy this:
Here’s a fun song for the week. Download and enjoiy.
These Words (I Love You, I Love You) by Natasha Bedingfield

Comments (3)

  1. katie b

    yes!
    and what vessels of grace we become when we speak blessings over peoples lives- speaking truth into them allows them to believe the supernatural about themselves and walk in it- what an easy and precious way to extend grace and the gospel to people- it says ‘i believe in you, and He believes in you, and you are not an orphan but a daughter who has all she needs for life and godliness!”
    it’s so neat how he created us with a need to hear those words and a need, as “eve’s” to give those words. it’s such a blessing both ways. Lord, that we would hear your words of truth for ourselves and for others!

  2. monica

    God used words to speak the very world in which we live into existence. He didn’t just wave his hand, or blink his eyes and nod his head. He spoke. It became. When Jesus healed, he spoke it, “be healed!” In a mysterious and divine way, words hold power. “In the beginning was the Word” (John 1:1). Jesus overcame temptation in the desert through words, “it is written.” The centurion in Matthew 8 knew this, “But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.” Saying the word is the key to unlocking the miracle. Prophecy is prophecy because it is spoken. I wonder what we would see if we truly grasped the impact our words have. I wonder what miracles would take place; what blessings would fall; what fear would be driven away; what relationships would be restored — if we had the courage to open our mouths and simply speak. “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs” (Matthew 10:27).

  3. Jennifer P

    This is really a powerful lesson that I am slowly learning. I have been praying recently for God to help me become an encourager and help me speak blessing and uplifting words. This lesson hits on the idea that Katherine spoke about during the weekend singles’ conference–what do women have to give? I’d never really thought about it in that way–that my words can be a gift, something I give to help others. So often in our world, words are used to cut and tear others down. Many of us struggle with verbal abuse from others that has left us with a wounded self-esteem. The Bible even speaks about the tongue and how hard it is to “tame”. How powerful if we can accept that Christ really does love and value us and as His love pours into us, we can speak life and blessing into others who are hurting.

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