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“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 

The Bible tells us that mankind has a power—a power that you might not be aware of—the power of words. The words you speak have the power to either save or destroy a person’s life. With His mighty words, God created the universe and everything in it. Being created in God’s likeness, man also possesses the ability to influence others through his words. Words are a unique gift God has given to humanity. Consider this: No other species on the planet can utilize words like you.

Your parents or teachers probably stressed the need to be careful with your words when you were young. This is because of the profound impression they can make on a person and the memories they might evoke, whether positive or negative. In what way do you hope your words will resonate with people who hear them?

Speak Life

A famous quote from Spiderman goes like this: “With great power comes great responsibility.” That is also true when it comes to using the power of words.

A fascinating experiment on the impact of words on energy was conducted in 1990 by a Japanese scientist named Masaru Emoto. Using a microscope, he discovered that the water contained within a vial labeled with negative phases formed gray, irregular clumps. It never even crystallized! Alternatively, water contained in vials with positive labels resulted in sparkling, perfectly hexagonal crystals. His experiments demonstrated that the energy created by either positive or negative words can alter an object’s physical properties. Imagine the impact of words toward men, who are composed of 60% to 70% water.

“But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” Matthew 12:36–37

As Christians, we will one day face Jesus Christ and must give an account for every word we have spoken. The Bible makes it clear that you will be judged based on the words you spoke while you were still alive. Therefore, let only good words—words that bring life to those who hear them—come out of your mouth.

How to Use Words to Affect Others Positively

“Kind words are a creative force, a power that concurs in the building up of all that is good, and energy that showers blessings upon the world.” – Lawrence G. Lovasik

How can we make a positive difference in the world using the power of words? An easy first step is to consider your words carefully before uttering them. For the simple reason that once spoken, the words can never be taken back. When you make it a habit to consider your words carefully, you develop a more self-aware attitude toward what you say.

The words you speak are actually the overflow of your hearts. In conjunction with this, you should nourish your mind and soul with good and righteous things. You can accomplish this by reading the Bible on a daily basis and refraining from listening to or viewing programs that do not add positive value to your life.

Show yourself some kindness too. Don’t use the power of words against yourself. Put an end to the name-calling and self-deprecating remarks. Do not engage in negative mental chatter or listen to gossip. Instead, surround yourself with positive and uplifting energy by only thinking and speaking righteously.


Your words have the ability to impact others around you—either positively or negatively. Rather than bringing death and ruin, use it to bring out life and hope. There is power in words, and after death, you will face judgment from God for all the words you have spoken. Always remember to be mindful of what comes out of your mouth. Lastly, surround yourself with only books, programs, and people who add positive value to your life. If you’re looking for some encouragement today, you may find additional resources to help you in the Bible portal.