From the very beginning of the bible, we begin to learn the importance of the spoken word. With words God literally spoke life and created things into existence (Genesis 1). We are made in the image of God, and as born again believers having the Spirit of God living inside us, our own spoken words have power. Proverbs 18:21 says that death and life are in the power of the tongue and that we eat of the fruits of whatever we sow. This means that if we use our words positively, that which is positive will come upon us, but if we use our words negatively, that which is negative will come upon us or whoever/whatever situation we are talking about.

This concept of what you put out and what you receive is called sowing and reaping (Galatians 6:7). This is why negative speaking, especially gossiping and backbiting are so bad and called unrighteous (Romans 1:29-30) because you are literally cursing the person/situation. Apostle James talks about this when he says ‘with the tongue we bless our Lord and Father and with it we curse men….out of the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers this should not be!’ (James 3:9-10). Unfortunately the current worldly culture glorifies gossip and we have all been guilty of this sin – it’s also good to realise that cursing has even been built into everyday language to the point where we curse when we do not mean to and even when we are joking! It is serious to be aware of this because Jesus said that we will give account for every idle/careless word that we speak (Matthew 12:36). The good news is that we can repent and with Holy Spirits help, make a conscious effort to ensure our words are only used for blessing.

Father in the name of Jesus we confess and are really sorry that we have been guilty of using our words for negativity, gossip and cursing. Please forgive us and cleanse us with the blood of Jesus. We ask Father that from this moment forward you will teach us more about the power of our words and help us to only use our words for being positive, speaking life and blessing. Thank you Father we love you, Amen.