Have you ever walked into an environment and just felt tension? Everyone greets you warmly enough but you can certainly sense that something had definitely blown up before you got there. The facial expressions, the body language etc. It’s all apparent that the scene had been set. Awkward! Our conversations create an “environment”. It’s known by us and easily sensed by others. On the other hand, walking into a happy environment is a totally different sensation. You feel a sense of peace and freedom there. You want to join in instead of run out of there. Then God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light (Genesis 1:3 NLT). God was the very first One to speak an atmosphere into being. There’s enormous power in words.
Of course we’re not God and I’m not even trying to imply that we can speak a universe into creation. However, The Bible does say we’re created in His image. He gave us the ability to speak. The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences (Proverbs 18:21 NLT). This passage basically confirms that we have a choice to set the tone for our environment. We can speak life-giving encouragement or we can speak negatively to or about someone. Whichever we choose will in turn set the atmosphere we live in. The passage also tells us that there’s consequences for those who “love to talk.” This kind of talk is obviously not the kind that builds up. It tears down. What kind of atmosphere are you setting in your home? What about the workplace? It’s definitely food for thought. What we say matters!
Take time to examine your words carefully when conversing with others. People are often so beat down. Change the scenery with some positivity. Even if you’re having to discuss hard issues, keep love at the top of the priority list. This keeps a line of open communication. Getting mad and blowing up at each other only introduces more issues. God knew our conversations with one another would be very important so He laid the foundation. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you (Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT). There’s so much power in words!
He also gives us the opportunity to use His Words against the enemy when he comes prowling around. Notice when Jesus was being tempted in the wilderness, He replied, “The Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’ ” (Luke 4:8 NLT) He hit the devil with what God said. He did this several times until the devil left Him alone. This was Jesus! He knew we had to have an example of how to war with our enemy. We don’t cower down and whine. We pick up the sword of the Spirit (our Bible) and we speak Truth in contrast to the enemy’s lies. Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and He will flee from you (James 4:7 NIV). This is exactly how we do this. We speak Truth under the submission of Almighty God. The enemy has no choice but to flee because God makes the rules. God’s Word trumps anything the devil can throw in our direction.
Right before Jesus returned to be with The Father, He gave the disciples some instructions. He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” (Mark 16:15 NIV) If you’re His disciple, this applies to you today. To preach is to speak out the good news of Truth. Our very words about the person of Jesus Christ have the power to change destinies! That’s amazing! He is trusting us with this commission. So next time you start talking with someone, look for an opportunity to speak life. Nothing in this world happens by chance. Ask God to give you insight on how and when to have a creative conversation.
Today’s guest writer is Brandi Crowe. A hairdresser for over 25 years, she is currently the owner of Brandi Crowe salon in Buford, GA. She loves hiking, a good cup of coffee, and spending time with family and friends. Brandi lives in a custom farmhouse with her husband Robby and cat Harold.