There is an old song entitled "Angry Words". The lyrics tell of how we should never let angry words escape from our lips, but that the best impulse of our heart might check those words lest they spoil the lips. Another verse states how brightest links of life may be broken by a single angry word. How true are these words, how many times have husbands or wives said things in a moment of anger and wished so much to be able to recall those words but it is to late. Parents have been guilty of the same thing, concerning their children. "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth! (James 3:5). The tongue can be used just like a match in a dry field; one small statement can destroy friendships, families and even congregations.
There are so many ways one can misuse words. Cursing, tale bearing, gossip, boasting, lying, are just a few ways that words can be misused. Cursing in our day seems to have become a way of life for so many. It is as if they could not talk unless they used a curse word in their speech.
Knowing the power of words should also keep us from saying things that are hurtful to others. Many times without thinking things are said that "cut to the core." While it is true words can be misused, they do not have to be. Words are that by which souls can be brought to the Lord. In II Kings 5 there is a wonderful example of how just a few words were able to help show God to a nation of people. It is the account of Naaman a captain in the army of Syria, who was a sufferer of leprosy. His wife’s little maid spoke just a few words concerning the prophet of God. After doing as the prophet had told him Naaman made the statement, "…Behold, now I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel:…" (II Kings 5:15). How many do we speak to about God each day? The world needs to hear more words spoken from God’s word. They may be "Just Words" but so much depends upon them. May we ever strive to use our words in service to God. Jesus said, "Come unto me…" Matt. 11:28ff, why not follow His words. Believe on Him repent of your sins, confess Him before men, be baptized for the remission of your sins, then live for Him every day. At judgment you will here more words, "Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:" (Matt. 25:34).