10 Verses About the Power of Your Words

Written By: Emme Showler


April 12, 2023

Have your words ever gotten you into a huge mess? Have you ever falsely spoken or gossiped about someone?

Our words carry a lot of power. God created words and conversations for good, yet in our sinful nature, we often use them to tear one another down.

God calls us to be “quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19). When it comes to how we speak to others, to ourselves, and to God, we should strive for clarity and graciousness. In the sight of the Lord, our words hold the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21). Therefore, He asks us to speak in a manner that uplifts and shows grace.

If you desire to tame your tongue or hold in those words that hurt like daggers, I invite you to read these verses and let the powerful words of scripture renew your mind.

1️⃣ “The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.” — Ecclesiastes 10:12

2️⃣ “For whoever desires to love life and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit.” — 1 Peter 3:10

3️⃣ “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless.” — James 1:26

4️⃣ “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” — Psalm 19:14

5️⃣ “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” — Colossians 4:6

6️⃣ “Let not your mouth lead you into sin, and do not say before the messenger that it was a mistake. Why should God be angry at your voice and destroy the work of your hands?” — Ecclesiastes 5:6

7️⃣ “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” — Psalm 141: 3

8️⃣ “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”  — Ephesians 4:29

9️⃣ “Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.” — Psalm 139:4

🔟 “You have tried my heart, you have visited me by night, you have tested me, and you will find nothing; I have purposed that my mouth will not transgress.”  — Psalm 17:3

May these words replenish your mind and encourage you as you strive to speak with integrity and kindness.