Power of the Tongue


This past weekend I was privileged to attend a men’s breakfast at one of the best churches I know of in our area (Stuart Heights Baptist).  We had a great time and those guys really know how to put on a breakfast.

During the meeting we talked about the Power of our words.  Throughout this week I have continued thinking about this subject, thinking often about the impact our words have on those around us.  I think Proverbs 18:21 says it best: The tongue has the power of life and death and those who love it will eat its fruit.

 Some time ago I read that if we had equipment that was sensitive enough we would still be able to detect and hear every word that has ever been spoken by receiving the sound waves still reverberating through the atmosphere.  Yeah I know, its probably a far-fetched sci-fi thought, but can you imagine, being able to hear Lincoln’s Gettysburg address, or Jesus actual words as he gave the sermon on the mount, or the words he uttered on the cross!  Or how about, “let us make man in our own image”?  Wow!!!

What words from history would you most like to hear?

As I let my mind run for a few minutes with this “sci-fi” thought, all of a sudden it hits me.  Oh no, how many of my own words are still reverberating out there.  Man, I wonder what percentage of my own words would I like to delete from the atmosphere so they could never be heard or felt, again.  Then another thought hits me – my words have already found their mark on the hearts of those I love the most, and I’m struck again by the truth of the Proverbs passage from above… sobering thoughts.

This gives me a stronger desire to measure my words – to listen more, think more, and speak less.  The New Testament book of James has some great instructions for us about our words and the potential our tongue has for blessing AND cursing.  Join me in spending some time considering this.  I encourage you to strongly consider brother James’ words, especially from James chapter 3.

Wally Hindman
TJM Leadership Team