The Power of Words

The Upper Room devotional reflection for Friday, January 28, 2022 comes to us from Julianis Baez de Pichardo of Dominican Republic

9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.13 Who is wise and understanding among you? Let them show it by their good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. 14 But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. 15 Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic. 16 For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice. 17 But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. 18 Peacemakers who sow in peace reap a harvest of righteousness.

James 3:9-18 NIV

“The Power of Words”

Words are powerful. Some words are a balm to our soul, while other words cut like a sharp knife. In an environment where God’s Spirit does not abound, hurtful or destructive words often prevail. Followers of Christ are called to reflect our faith in word and deed. Our teacher, Jesus, spoke words of comfort where there was loss, forgiveness where there was fault, solution where there was conflict, life where there was death, peace and hope where there was fear and anxiety. On several occasions Jesus spoke with compassion that changed lives forever. Today, someone we know may need to hear words of hope, faith, and life. We can follow Jesus’ example and use the power of words to share the good news.


Friends –

Words have GREAT power, and we can use them to share the love of Christ. As Julianis Baez de Pichardo says, our encouraging, hopeful, faithful, compassionate words, added to our actions, can make a world of difference in the lives of those around us. I invite you to intentionally make an effort to encourage someone you encounter this week by sharing a compliment or encouraging an effort, knowing that by doing so, you have shared God’s love through Christ.

--Pastor bea


Fine-tune our words, O God, so that others will know that we are followers of Christ. We pray as Jesus taught us, “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one” (Matt. 6:9-13, NIV). Amen.

--Julianis Baez de Pichardo

Prayer Focus:

Someone hurt by my Words.

Thought for the Day:

Today I will speak words of hope by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ.


Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

Psalm 19:14 NRSV