Words have power to create and influence for good or for evil. In the beginning, God spoke everything into existence. When God finished creating,
“God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good…” (Genesis 1:31)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue . . .” (Proverbs 18:21)
When we speak, our words can powerfully influence another person. Do we influence for good or evil?
“Therefore encourage one another and build up one another . . .” (1 Thessalonians 5:11)
In 1 Thessalonians 5, Paul talks about Christian conduct. In verse 18, he says, “for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” It is God’s will for us to encourage one another. Why? So we can puff each other up? No!
This week, circumstances in my life taught me the reason for this verse. One night, I could not sleep. Recently, some very unkind words had been spoken to me. The enemy used those very words to all night long speak into my mind, “Esther, you are . . . Esther, you make people feel . . . Esther, you are not like other people and God can’t use you . . . Esther, you might as well give up . . . Esther, you hurt people instead of help them . . .”
It was the most horrible night! I had to pray so many times asking for God’s help. It was so easy to believe all the lies. Am I perfect and never say anything wrong? No, I say so many things wrong – AND! the enemy also uses our words and twists them to be received by people in ways they were never intended.
The attack the enemy walloped me with that night was so extensive it took me into the next evening before the effects of it were broken. What broke it off was a person saying an encouraging word to me. They said that God had used me to help someone.
Satan is a liar! If we surrender our wills and repent of our sins, God can use us. He can transform us. He can make us like Him. We cannot change ourselves – but, if we want to be changed and ask God to change us, He will do the work. The work He begins in us He is faithful to complete.
I know how imperfect I am. I know I am a wretched sinner saved by grace. I know I fail every day; but, I also know my heart is to love the Lord with all my heart, mind and soul and to serve Him. I want to be transformed into His image (to be like Him); just like a little girl who loves her Dad wants to be like her Dad.
God wants us to encourage one other – to spur (prompt or encourage) one another on to good deeds. He wants our words to encourage each other so that the words we hear in our minds when we go to sleep are those that God would say to us. God speaks to us always with love – even when He has to correct us, it is with love. God’s voice is not accusing. He does not condemn. He corrects us differently than how the enemy accuses us.
Many people believe that we should not say encouraging words to each other, because we may get a big head or proud. If you are proud, God can certainly deal with that. Get over it – you are a sinner too!
However, when words that wound are spoken, especially by Christians to Christians, it creates an open doorway for the enemy to point an arrow into that wounded spot and make it hurt even more. Satan laughs when unkind words are spoken that wound us because he knows he then has a perfect spot to drive more pain into. The more pain he can inflict the more he hopes we will give up, which is what his goal is.
“and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24, 25)
In 2009, the Lord gave me a little song about words. The following is part of it:
So many words spoken to me; some have been kind, and some have been mean
Each little word walked into my heart – some leaving love some pain
I need to hear words that bring life. I need to hear words that are true.
I need to hear words to stand on – I need to hear Your voice!
Jesus, Your words are true – words that I can rely on.
Jesus words are what we are to build our life on. They are what we are to believe. Jesus said that His sheep know His voice. Get to know God so closely that you recognise His voice. When the enemy attacks, like he did with me this week, you will have the confidence to know that no matter how long the attack is, the enemy will not win. Jesus wins! Jesus words win! Jesus is victorious!
If you have been praying and seeking God’s will for your life – remember that in the Bible there are many things that are God’s will for your life. God’s will is not only about what you do in service – it is also about the inward heart. Are you an encourager? Do you speak words to others that God would speak to them? Do you imitate your Heavenly Father’s words to others? Part of God’s will for you is to encourage others!