Going Up: Words Have Power

Words that trash or words of gold?

Our negative words can put a person in a downward spin. Muttered perhaps as curses, complaints or to denigrate others, they cause God’s Spirit to grieve, making His promises ineffective in our lives.

The Bible cautions us to keep our tongues in check.

"The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell."
JAMES 3:6

"With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?"
JAMES 3:9-11

It’s pretty simple. Whatever you feed your heart will flow out. “Garbage in. Garbage out,” as the maxim goes. “Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks,” Matthew 12:34.

If God were to check into your word choices or mine today, what treasure would He find?

I pray, He would find gold, not trash. Consider two more guidelines from the book of Proverbs:

“A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to a malicious tongue.”
PROVERBS 17:4

“Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.”
PROVERBS 17:28

What has all this got to do with right choices in the workplace? Remember His promise of prosperity in Psalm 1:2-3? It starts as we take delight in His Word, the Bible – as we ponder on it and become productive because of it, our speech will also be modeled by the Word.

Your words have the power to build or destroy, to honor God in the workplace or not.

The choice is yours.



This is an excerpt from the Chapter 4 Words Have Power: Expletives Deleted in the Going Up? Making Right Choices at Work book: authored by Ma’am Yay Padua-Olmedo and published by OMF Literature Inc.

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