The right words can change the world.
Words, jitterbugging across the page, can suddenly stop and slow dance into your heart.
Fewer words are more Godly, according to Proverbs 10:19. “When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.” This holds true for written or spoken words.
The number of words matter. But the right words matter even more. They rescue, bring healing, promote instruction and add knowledge. The right words are true, reliable, just and deep.
“Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24, NIV).
It’s no coincidence that Jesus is called the Word in John 1:1. He’s the One who brings all the right words to fruition in our lives. He is also the One who reminds us of the wrong words and how acting on them brings devastation.
Wrong words can be seductive, persuasive, lead astray. Wrong words lie in wait for blood, so says Solomon.
They cause pain, death and destruction.
“Reckless words pierce like a sword.” They feel “like a club or a sword or a sharp arrow” (Proverbs 12:18, 25:18, NIV).
Yet, we speak them all the time.
As painful as lies, gossip and malicious talk are, words of truth sometimes have an element of pain, as well. They seem negative, maybe even harsh.
Only a true friend cares enough to speak truth into another’s life. If I don’t care about you, I won’t tell you your dress is tucked into your panty hose, you have gravy in your beard or the choice you are making is out of line with scriptural principles.
“A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold on platters of silver” (Proverbs 25:11, NIV).
Words spoken in prayer always seem to be fitting. Recently, at a writer’s conference, an author said this to me before praying for me. “You are a master of words.” I could have flown home on my own wings.
She didn’t stop there, though. Operating in the gifts of both wisdom and prophecy, she explained to be effective, to divide the soul and the spirit, my words have to be my Father’s words.
To matter, words must be Spirit-activated. If not, they don’t slow dance. They don’t jitterbug. They die.
Even though her words were salve to my soul, they were also challenging and humbling. They excited purpose in my life. They pointed me in the right direction. Those right words changed my world.
“Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track … Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life” (Proverbs 3:6,8, The Message)
Right words can change your world and the worlds of those around you. It happens one word, one conversation, one article, one book at a time.
It happens as we encourage others to live their purpose. It happens as we share the things we have learned, lessons hard-fought, lessons of surrender resulting in action. And if you notice in the verse above, they will make you dance. That’s my paraphrase anyway.
What right words have changed your world? Why not write about it? Tell us in the comments.