Words are powerful. A simple sentence can insult one person and encourage another. It can sway opinions and influence direction. If words are powerful, then the one using them must understand their impact. Jesus knew this, which is why scripture admonishes and encourages us regarding the power of the tongue. The weekday warrior follows his Commander, leads others, knows the real enemy, acts in courage instead of fear, and knows the power of the tongue.
1. A weekday warrior understands that words can bring life or death to a conversation.
The old adage “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is the furthest thing from the truth. Words can cut deeply or bring healing. As believers in Christ, how we use our tongues is a representation of Christ to others. How we speak, the words we say, and when we use those words can either bring life and peace or destruction and pain to those around us (Proverbs 18:21).
- He uses his mouth to speak wisdom and justice (Psalm 37:30).
- He only speaks words that edify in the moment and bring grace to the hearers (Ephesians 4:29).
- He uses his mouth to bring life instead of crush those around him (Proverbs 15:4).
- His speech rescues him because it is marked by wisdom (Proverbs 12:6).
- His speech brings healing to others (Proverbs 12:18).
- He speaks with gentleness to bring peace instead of speaking in anger and stirring up conflict (Proverbs 15:1).
- He uses the power of the tongue to praise instead of curse (James 3:5-10).
2. The weekday warrior knows when to wield his words and when to be silent.
There is more said about restraining our words than speaking. When we look at our culture today, there are more people trying to make themselves heard rather than pausing to listen and then speak wisely. The weekday warrior stands out when he discerns the moments to speak and the moments to simply be silent, listen, and wait for the Holy Spirit’s prompting. The silence is not a crutch for them but a tool.
- He holds his words instead of continuing to speak (Proverbs 10:9).
- He uses words with restraint and is discerning when he holds his tongue (Proverbs 17:27-28).
- He follows the guidance of Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, to know the time to be silent and the time to speak (Ecclesiastes 3:7).
- The wise warrior is quick to listen and slow to speak (James 1:19-20).
- He guards his mouth diligently. (Psalm 141:3).
- He practices wisdom by restraining his words (Proverbs 10:19).
3. A weekday warrior knows how to use his words to answer each person.
We are a broken people in a broken world. It is difficult to fully understand the needs of individuals when speaking to the masses. A weekday warrior is constantly learning how to respond and speak on an individual level to each person around him. Knowing how a person perceives the world can help the weekday warrior respond in such a way that more clearly communicates the gospel.
- He seasons his words with salt and fills them with grace so that he can understand how to answer everyone (Colossians 4:6).
- He uses his words to faithfully instruct others (Proverbs 31:26).
- He doesn’t slander, but instead is peaceable, considerate, and gentle toward everyone (Titus 3:2)
No warrior, even the one walking intimately with the Lord, will be able to embody every one of these qualities at all times. We are masterpieces in the making. It takes a consistent work of the Holy Spirit and commitment to walking in His ways to tame the tongue and wield its power wisely. The Lord desires to use your tongue to bring life and speak truth to those around you. Words are powerful, the gospel even more so. When combined together, we have the ability to share a life-changing message with a broken world.