“Your very words will be used as evidence, and your words will declare you either innocent or guilty.” Matthew 12:37 (TPT)

Our words really do matter. They have power of life and death, blessing and curse (James 3:10). I have heard that profanity is the language of hell. It has no place in the mouths of God’s kids. But sadly, it comes out regularly and is actually a sign of what’s in the heart. Jesus said that it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles us (Matthew 15:11).

Having said that, there is a radical difference between cussing and cursing. Cussing involves foul words that come from our mouth. This is known as profanity, or swearing. There are many “colorful” words that fall into this category. Followers of Jesus Christ should not allow these words across our lips! However, you may curse people without ever cussing. To curse involves speaking negatively or critically about others. It is an expression of desire to see misfortune, evil or doom on someone else. Yes, witches do cast curses on people. The devil himself uses curses on people to hinder them from stepping into God’s plan for them. But so do Christians!

As believers, when we complain, accuse, and/or speak negatively about someone, we are actually coming into agreement with the flesh or the devil against that person. That’s why our words have some much power. Death and life rest in our words. When we “accuse” someone, we literally stand with Satan, as he is the accuser of the saints! Stop doing that, and begin standing completely with Jesus, the intercessor of the saints (Hebrews 7:23-25).

Jesus said that you will be acquitted or condemned by your words (Matthew 12:37). So, are you speaking long life over yourself and your family? Are you speaking faith filled words over your pastor and church? Are you choosing to bless instead of cursing? Speak daily faith filled words over your life, health, your children, your church, our city and nation!

Ask God to show you any and every place where you have cursed instead of blessed. Ask Him to nullify these words and release life in their place. Ask Him to allow your words to bring life, encouragement, hope and joy into the lives of those around you.