“I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Gen. 12:3)
“For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips, let them be trapped in their pride. For the cursing and lies that they utter.” (Psalm 59:12)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and those who love it will it its fruit.” (Prov 18:21)
“Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.” (Romans 12:14)
I have given only a sampling of many of the verses in the Bible that warn us about the powerful consequences of the words we speak. I personally do not agree with the hyper word-of-faith doctrine that says that our words have the power to create. The Bible says that God upholds all things by the word of His power (Heb. 1:3). People do not create or uphold the universe by their words. But there is nonetheless incredible power released by bringing your life and mouth under the authority of God’s will and God’s word.
God told Abraham that He would bless those who bless him and curse those who curse him. Notice the word “curse” appears twice in that verse (Gen. 12:3). Though the same english word is used in both places, there are two entirely different Hebrew words involved. The first one (“I will curse those….”), literally means, “to bring trouble upon”. The second use, (“those who curse you…”), means, “to belittle with one’s mouth…”
The difference in these two words is very insightful. God is saying that He will personally bring trouble down upon anyone who belittles (speaks evil of/toward) Abraham. God’s promises to Abraham didn’t end with Abraham, or Israel, or Jesus. We who are born-again Christians are “spiritual” sons of Abraham and heirs according to faith of all the promises God spoke to him.
Among other things this means that God still takes very personally the words that people speak against His covenant children. This is encouraging and fearful at the same time. It means that God will still bring trouble upon the people who wrongfully speak evil of me. But it also means that I endanger myself if I speak evil of you.
Many people, even Christians, are trapped by the words they have spoken. One reason Jesus told us to “bless and not curse” is because it keeps us safe! Cursing others (that is, speaking evil of them and belittling them by our words) opens the door to evil to come upon us. This might seem a bit weird to you, but what we’re talking about here is a form of witchcraft.
Did you know that gossip and fault-finding and malicious talk is actually a form of witchcraft? James tells us that we should not complain against one another…and that we should not swear by heaven or earth…lest we fall under judgment (Jas 5:9,12). Resentment and bitterness in a person’s heart is certainly unhealthy. But it becomes really destructive when that unforgiveness is released out of someone’s mouth in the form of bitter words. People create hell on earth by the words they speak.
Fortunately, there is a way of escape from the traps we have created by our words! Confessing our sins (out loud!) and asking for God’s forgiveness, is powerful. You can confess the sin uttering wicked words toward others. You can renounce the effects of those words and cancel them by the power and authority of the shed blood of Jesus.
If evil words release curses (and the Bible says they do), any curse can be broken by humbling oneself and coming to Christ! The Bible says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus.” (Gal 3:13-14)
Christ’s death was a curse-destroying death! But to walk in the freedom that Christ purchased for you, you must submit to His control…of your life…and of your tongue! Jesus blessed those who reviled Him. Will you? You can change the atmosphere in any situation you are in – by invoking the blessings of Christ when you speak the good word!