People often associate power with money or position. Power is when you have the money to buy anything under the sun, or you’ve been classified under the A class. Power is when you acquire a certain position in your company, or there are subordinates under you who you can instruct, guide, and influence.
But do you know that you actually possess the power that can move mountains, change lives, and encourage people? That power is none other than our words.
Our words are overflow of our knowledge, wisdom, and sometimes our emotions. Other than our actions, we were gifted with the power of voice and words to express ourselves.
And that same power can also destroy lives, disband relationships, and lose our integrity.
Most of the time, we tend to misuse this power. How?
It says in James 3:5, “The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.” This proves true until today because we often forget to give importance to what we say.
Look through these questions below and try to answer them by yourself.
- Are you speaking life to others?
- When you talk, are other people encouraged?
- Do you promise and actually fulfill it?
- When you teach others, do you practice what you teach?
- Why do you think you’re given the power of words?
How did your answer go? It’s frustrating to say that I answered the first four questions with a big NO.
I was a graduate of AB in English Language Studies in UST, and throughout college, we’ve been talking about how powerful communication is. However, one thing that I wasn’t able to bring in after college, is its application in my life. I forget how powerful my words are, to the point that I am slowly compromising my integrity.
In our church (I attend Victory), we recently finished talking about the Redefined series and one of the topics we discussed was the importance of words (see Matthew 5:33-37). We were reminded about the importance of maintaining our integrity as a person. Lately, God revealed to me that I’ve been misusing my voice when I would say something that is not manifesting in my life, or I would speak out of the burst of my emotions. I heard one time about the adage that somehow goes along the lines “Do not decide when you are feeling extremely happy, or extremely sad because you’ll end up regretting.” I totally agree with it.
But God is just faithful and gracious that He made me realize now is the time to use my words to His purpose. I believe that I was given this power to advance His kingdom and to introduce Him to the people around me.
I also want to encourage you, my dear reader, to assess how you use your voice. We live in a digital age and we mostly put our thoughts behind Facebook comments, captions, and limit ourselves to the 140-character text Twitter offers. How well did you use these platforms to express yourself using words?
Go back to the questions above and reflect on them. Just when you thought that you are powerless, you are wrong. You have the power.
Let me leave you with a verse from Colossians 4:6, “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
We all are a work-in-progress. God isn’t done with us yet.