Do you realize how powerful your words really are? You may have seen a glimpse of it in the eyes of a child when you spoke words of life or even condemnation over them. It’s my experience that children’s eyes will always tell the truth about how your words have affected them. When you look into a child’s eyes you can see the truth of Proverbs 18:21…The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. Children believe every word you say.
I realized something else about the power of the tongue today. I was once told I might want to be careful what I confess. In that context it was about being careful what I was agreeing with…what I was giving power to with my words. I’ve always thought of confession as something you do if you sin so that you can be forgiven, but today it was far more than that….not that forgiveness of sins isn’t big enough.
Today I made some confessions only to quickly realize just how absurd they were….and in that moment I was able to remove those errant thoughts from the list. There was something powerful about speaking beliefs out loud in a safe environment so they could be confirmed or denied. Sometimes keeping thoughts to ourselves can be a good thing. Not all thoughts should be aired to all people. But today it became very apparent there are a lot of things that we give power to in our thinking by holding them close and allowing them to fester in silence. Today it was obvious that a little confession really is good for the soul…confessions of sins and beliefs.
16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. – James 5:16
Whoever conceals their sins does not prosper, but the one who confesses and renounces them finds mercy. – Proverbs 28:13
And who could deny the power of confession after reading this verse…
9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead,you will be saved. – Romans 10:9
I’d say those are some pretty compelling reasons to go find yourself someone safe and get some things off your chest…or out of you head…or wherever it is you’ve been storing that stuff up.