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The Power of Words

A man’s belly shall be satisfied with the fruit of his mouth; and with the increase of his lips shall he be filled.    Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. ~~ Proverbs 18:20, 21    (KJV)

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” We all remember that old sing-song from childhood. But it is a lie. We have all been hurt by words at one time or another. And we have all probably said hurtful words to others as well.  Words have power. Look at the beginning of The Book. In Genesis we read “And God said….  ”    He created everything, beginning with light by speaking it forth.

And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually. ~~Job 1:5   (KJV)

For the thing which I greatly feared is come upon me, and that which I was afraid of is come unto me. ~~  Job 3:25   (KJV)

See the words of Job. He sacrificed for the well-being of his children. Then he confesses that he was afraid of losing them (and everything else). He didn’t know that the enemy was listening and taking all these things from him because God was allowing Satan to test Job’s faithfulness to God.

Then scripture tells us of Jesus:

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.   The same was in the beginning with God.   All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.  John 1:1-3    (KJV)

And we are enjoined by Paul’s letter to the Ephesians….

Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  ~~  Ephesians 4:29   (KJV)

Words can teach and words minister grace.

What do our words do? Do they teach or minister grace? Do they express fear rather than faith? Let us watch our words today to see that they reflect only the will of God.

Father, God,

Help us to set a seal on our lips. Fill our hearts with Your words. Grant that our words may reflect only Your words and Your heart in this world. Use our mouths to edify and minister to Your world.

In Jesus’ most precious name.


Now About Submission

Focus verses: Colossians 3:18-4:1

In my work, I talk on the telephone with a lot of people in various places. At one point, I was speaking with a lady who was in financial straits.

“I am preacher’s daughter, and I know we’re in this financial trouble because my husband won’t tithe. And I can’t speak to him about it.”

“Why can’t you speak to him?” I asked.

“Well, you know I’m supposed to be a submissive wife.”

“Oh, my dear, you’ve been taught wrong about submission.” And I went on to explain.

Submission is not biting your tongue and knuckling under. True submission to a husband is letting him see all of who you are. You tell him what you think and believe. You elaborate as to why you think and believe that way. Then you leave the decision in his hands.

In his letter to the Ephesians, Paul says that we are all to submit to one another. This mutual submission doesn’t work if your definition is biting your tongue and knuckling under.

Imagine four people going out to dinner. They get into the car, and the driver says “where do we want to eat?”

“Wherever you’d like.”
“Any place is fine with me.”
“What do you think?”

And the conversation would circle like that until finally someone says “There’s the Chinese place, or Bill’s Barbecue, or if we’d like a buffet, we could go to the Groaning Board.”

At that point, people begin to express opinions. Then a joint decision can be made.

True submission is letting people see exactly who you are – warts and all. Then as Christian brothers and sisters, we can hold one another up in prayer. We can help one another overcome faults and difficulties. We can give one another the benefit of a different perspective on what’s going on.

This mutual submission is the pattern for the church. As the body of Christ we can work in harmony only when we submit one to another.

Father, God,

Grant us the grace to be mutually submissive. Give us the generosity of spirit that allows for diverse opinions without causing strife and division. Knit us together as a body of various parts that work together as one for Your kingdom.

In Jesus’ most precious name.