There is power in our spoken words – whether they are used to build up or tear down. It is so important to keep our hearts filled with the truth from God’s Word so that our words will produce good fruit.
Imagine a child at the dinner table with their parents. The child wants to talk about a conflict and is seeking advice. Dad is fired up and full of inspiration this evening, but mom has been tested all day and hasn’t had one minute to pray out her troubles. Unless mom gets her focus right, her advice may not be as fruitful as the dad on this particular evening.
When Jesus heard of Mary and Martha’s loss of Lazarus, he was still full of peace throughout their journey back to Judea. Though the journey back could potentially have been dangerous and Lazarus had been dead for four days, Jesus never said anything that showed doubt. He walked and spoke with the authority of the one who sent Him.
Again, feeling very upset, Jesus came to the tomb. It was a cave with a large stone covering the entrance. He said, “Move the stone away.” Martha said, “But, Lord, it has been four days since Lazarus died. There will be a bad smell.” Martha was the sister of the dead man. Then Jesus said to her, “Remember what I told you? I said that if you believed, you would see God’s divine greatness.” So they moved the stone away from the entrance. Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you heard me. I know that you always hear me. But I said these things because of the people here around me. I want them to believe that you sent me.” After Jesus said this he called in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!” The dead man came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with pieces of cloth. He had a handkerchief covering his face.
Jesus said to the people, “Take off the cloth and let him go.”
– John 11:38-44
Imagine that in Jesus’ sadness, he wept and spoke condolences to the sisters. Instead of acknowledging his father’s presence, he said: “I’m sorry I’m too late.” Jesus saw the opportunity to glorify God in the presence of all who were mourning. Like Jesus, we can choose to speak power and lift up the people around us.
How can you use the power of your spoken words to speak God’s truth in the lives of others? As you seek God in prayer, ask Him for the words that may help someone today.