What the Bible Says About the Words We Speak

Updated on November 10, 2019
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.

If we use the right words, they can move mountains. If we use the wrong words they can cause destruction to everything around us. Words can lift up or they can tear down. So.never underestimate the power of your words or the words of someone else.

God made the whole world just by speaking it forth. In fact, it is the very first act of God in the Bible in Genesis 1. You might be saying right now, "But I am not God." You are right, but you were made in His image. Surely, you can't do what God does, but you do have the power and the authority to do what He commands. There are instructions throughout the Bible to use your words for good and not for evil.

Solomon the wisest man who lived during his day told us in Proverbs 18:21 that "Death and life are in the power of the tongue." James, the brother of Jesus devoted his entire Chapter 3 comparing how small the tongue is to the mighty things it can do if we do not control it..

Self-Imposed Curses

Our words are like boomerangs. What we speak can come back to strike us and cause us harm. That means we can impose curses on ourselves by the words we speak.

People tend to forget that words can bring self-imposed curses. That simply means you can curse your own self by the words you speak about yourself.

When you criticize yourself by the words you speak, you are imposing curses on your life. Here are some example of self-imposed curses:

  • "I am so stupid I will never learn."
  • "I am too short to play basketball."
  • "I am too ugly to become an actor."
  • "I am too nervous to speak in public."

It is wise to refrain from saying things similar to those above. You can turn each one of the negative curses into something positive by the words you speak.

  • "It might be challenging, but I will work hard to pass that test."
  • "I am going to focus on a career where my height is not an issue."
  • "I am talented enough to become an actor."
  • "I will practice my speech so much that I won't be nervous when I speak in public."

When you are tempted to say something negative about yourself, DON"T! When you say negative things, you will receive a negative response. Instead of being critical and saying bad things about yourself, speak positive words in order to get positive results.

Remember the little engine never said it couldn't get up the hill. It huffed and it puffed and said continually, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can." He could, and he did get up the hill because he said he could.

Say What the Bible Says

When you feel some negative words coming out of your mouth, quote a scripture instead.

  • Replace “ I am sick” with “By His stripes, I am healed" (Isaiah 53:5).
  • Instead of saying, “ I am afraid,” repeat "God has not given me the spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7).
  • If you say, "I don’t have any money” then you won't have any money. Remember God is your source and "He shall supply all you need according to His riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19)
  • Stop saying “ I am nothing. I am nobody.” Instead say, “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14).

Jesus never said anything derogatory about Himself. When others said negative things about Him, He turned their words around with something positive. For instance, when the Pharisees called Him a bastard, Jesus put them in their place by saying, “I know who my Father is.”

Be like Jesus and turn negative things that people say about you into something positive.

God Hears Every Word You Speak

Would you change your speech if you knew God was listening? Would you pay more attention to the words you speak if you knew that you would be judged by every thought you have, every word you speak and every deed you do?

According to Matthew 12:36, "But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment." Be judged by the good you say instead of by the evil words you speak.


Watch What You Say

There are some common examples of what people should be careful about saying. Here are a few.

  • Stop saying, "I'm on a fixed income" even if you do get a set amount in your social security check every month. Once you determine that your income is "fixed" that is the way it will be. By the way, social security checks do increase a little some years.
  • Stop personalizing your illnesses. Once you say, "My sinuses are acting up" or "Oh, my aching back," you are owning the discomfort and thinking of it as part of you. It is no wonder you keep having those illnesses. It is because you own them. You have made them your personal property by claiming them in your speech.
  • Stop calling forth negative things by what you say. Negative things come to you by the words you speak just like positive things come to you by the words you speak.
  • Know what the scripture says about speaking. Jesus never said to "ask" or "beg" the mountain to move. He never said to question the mountain about its ability to move. Jesus specifically said in Mark 11:23, "For truly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says." In other words, tell the mountain to move. Use the power of your words.

Speak to the mountain!
Speak to the mountain! | Source


Maybe you have a bad habit of speaking words that have not been pleasing to God,.If so, that habit is very easy to break. Use the following checklist to help you determine how your words should go to the ears of God.

  • Do your words give comfort to others?
  • Do your words cheer people up when they are down?
  • Do the words you speak uplift others or do your words put them down?
  • Do your words build up the body of Christ?
  • Do your words edify others?
  • Do your words usually focus on you or on God?.
  • Do your words reveal the unsanctified parts of the heart?

If the above checklist shows that you have trouble with your mouth and the words you speak, then pray like David, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to thee, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer” (Psalm 19:4). That is a good prayer to pray because the mouth is a very good barometer of the heart.


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