Power of Thoughts and Words

“Do not be conformed to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
then you will be able test and approve what God’s
will is – His good, pleasing, and perfect will”
(Romans 12: 2, NIV)

                     Have you ever spoken words in haste and then wish you could take them back?  I think we all have done this before; I know I have.  Our thoughts and words are the most powerful part of our bodies, and they are the determinators of our actions.  Unfortunately, most people are not even aware that their thoughts and words are powerful.  If you study history, wars were started by initial thoughts followed by words of leaders or military conquerors of countries.  For instance, Hitler started World War 1 with his continuous rhetoric about racial superiority.  It was a long, vicious war that ended with 20 million deaths and 21 million wounded according to the U.S. Census Bureau.  It may be hard to believe, but our thoughts and words can and do affect others.       With our thoughts and words, we can edify or destroy others.           

                     Thoughts and words have so much power that even God’s Word has much to say about the topic.  In Proverbs, scripture states, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” (Proverbs 23:7, KJV).  Another verse states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18: 21, ESV). Other scriptures that reflect the power of the tongue are: “Whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” (1 Peter 3: 10, ESV), and “Let no corrupt talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” (Ephesians 4: 29, ESV)”, and again, ”And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.  The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.” (James 3: 6, ESV). These are just a few verses among many others that are in The Bible, so you can see that God takes what we think and say very seriously

                     While we should really think about our words and how they will affect others before we speak, most of us don’t.  Without realizing it, we can build others up, or tear others down.  When we are careless with our words, we can damage a relationship, destroy the reputations of others, slander others, and wound the heart of another person.   Additionally, when you are careless and intentional about hurting others, that behavior reflects the kind of person you are, because the words out of your mouth reflect what is in your heart.  What you think about yourself, God, and others will determine how your treat other people.  I’m sure you have heard the saying, “Hurting people hurt people.”  It is a true statement.  I know this from experience.  Before I became a born-again-Christian, I did not care who I hurt; if someone said an unkind thing to me, I was usually quick to retaliate and very slow in apologizing.  I was filled with fear, pain, and rejection because of the way I was raised.  I came from a very dysfunctional home life. Not until I came to the end of myself and asked the Lord to forgive me and to come into my heart as Lord and Savior, did I discover how much Jesus really loves me (as He does everyone).  When He came into my heart, He also began to heal me of all the wounds in my heart and soul; I became a new person on the inside.  I would not have been able to change without His healing hand in my life.

                     We are not capable of becoming new on the inside – which means receiving a new spirit and nature – on our own.  We could possibly try to make some changes, but they will never be permanent. Only Jesus can give you a new life and nature, and unless He lives in your heart, you more than likely will respond as the world does.  Only Christ can change you to a better you.  He always desires to help us, heal us, and give us His Spirit on the inside to empower us to make changes within ourselves.

                     If you want your thoughts, words, and actions to change, you must decide mentally and spiritually that you need Jesus to be your Lord and Savior; then you will need to ask Him to help you change into the person He wants you to be, because you cannot do it on your own.  He is mighty to save, to redeem you and be your Helper for the rest of your life. He teaches you to depend on His Word.  He will always direct you to the truth about yourself and even give you the courage to face what He is asking you to deal with.  He helps you by speaking to your heart and through scripture.  For instance, in the Book of Luke, scripture states: “The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” (Luke 6:45, ESV).  God’s desire is for His children to become more Christ-like in thoughts and words.  However, He always gives us freedom to choose even after you become a born-again Christian.  Changing your mind to think like God thinks is never an easy choice for most people, nor is it intended to be.  However, if you are not happy with yourself, your need Jesus’ help and guidance, and this can only happen if you are willing to listen and do what the Lord is telling you to do.  Only through trials, hardships, pain and suffering are we able to grow and become the person the Lord intends for us to be.  Even so, changing and listening to the Lord, following His word and obeying His instructions will never be regretted, and it is always followed by wonderful blessings for you.

                     When I became a born-again Christian, I was broken, full of bitterness, anger, rejection, and shame.  My thought-life was horrible.  I stayed fearful, on-guard, and very defensive.  I had been raised in such a dysfunctional home that I really didn’t think very much about myself, even though I usually came across as confident but aloof to others.  I suffered so much pain and sorrow, some from the hands of others and some from my own destructive decisions, that I just never seemed to make the right decisions.  Frankly, most of my thinking was that I was a victim rather than a victor.  God had so much more planned for me, just as He does for everyone.  Not until I came to the end of myself did I discover He had been waiting on me all that time!  Facing the fact that I couldn’t live my life on my own any longer, I fell on my knees, asked Jesus to forgive me, to come into my life and change me, and to be my Savior and Lord.  That was the beginning of a new life in Christ.  The road to healing and spiritual growth has been gloriously difficult, but eternally rewarding, and God has blessed me time and time again.  He is faithful.  I say all of this because the life Christ has for you includes His healing, protection, provision, love, care, friendship, just everything you need in life.  Deciding to trust and obey Him will always, without fail, be for your good and His glory.  You will discover what I have discovered all these years:  All my life He has been faithful and good to me 

                     My prayer is that you will take inventory of your inner life and choose to follow Jesus, the only One who can help you change your life and destiny.  Change your mind, your thinking and your words, and you will change your life.                        

In Christ,

Gwen Wilkinson, thehopeauthor

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