Ten of the twelve spies Moses sent to check out the Promised Land brought back an ‘evil report.’ What they said was true, but they were afraid and spoke from a negative viewpoint. Their words and the way they were delivered demoralized the people, who consequently spent the rest of their lives wandering in a desert.
Words can also energize, refresh and bring hope. Just a few uplifting words from a friend can brighten a gloomy day. Moses frequently strengthened God’s dispirited people by reminding them of how God had delivered them from Egypt, and protected and provided for them along the way. His encouraging words kept the Israelites going.
Your words carry power. Become conscious of the words you use, and choose them carefully. Ask God to alert you to opportunities to speak life-giving words to those around you today. Even a heartfelt “Thank you,” or a sincere word of love or appreciation can make a positive difference in someone’s day.
“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit – you choose.” ~ Proverbs 18:21 (The Message Bible)