Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Power of Words

Words Have Power

Do you remember hearing these sayings in school when you were younger?

"I'm rubber you're glue, whatever you say bounces off of me and sticks to you."

"Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me."

As I've gotten older, I've realized that is not true! Harsh words that people may have said to you has an impact on your life. They do hurt. They stay on our mind and heart years later. They can change who we are and how we feel about ourselves.

Not only do we have to be careful with what we say to others, we have to be careful of what we say to ourselves!

I have struggled for years with the things family members have said to me and about me. I've beat myself up over it. I don't think we realize how something as small as words can affect someone. Because of the harsh words that were spoken I have distanced myself from them. Not completely, but mostly. I've also said hurtful things that I regret.

"Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking deceit." - Psalm 34:13
We should watch what we say and not deceive others (concealing or misrepresenting the truth). How many times have you gossiped about someone and you didn't know if what you were saying is true?

"Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips." - Psalm 141:3
Ask the Lord to help you speak nice things.

"The mouth of the righteous man is a well of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence." - Proverbs 10:11
Our words can uplift someone or tear them down.

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but grievous words stir up anger." - Proverbs 15:1
If someone comes to you for advice and you give them your opinion, will you respond to them kindly or will you use severe words that will stir up anger?

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it." - Proverbs 18:21
If we use harsh words towards others, we will have to deal with the repercussions. Are you willing to give up that relationship?

"The good man from his inner good treasure flings forth good things, and the evil man out of his inner evil storehouse flings forth evil things." - Matthew 12:35
How we treat others is usually a result of how we feel about ourselves inside.

"Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk come out of your mouth, but only such as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace to those who hear it." - Ephesians 4:29
We should uplift others with our words and not speak bad about them.

"For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile." - 1 Peter 3:10
If we want to enjoy our lives, we must watch what we say. We need to speak positively and have faith if we want to have joy in our lives even when we are going through difficulties.

I realize... we are all human. We all make mistakes. We have all mistreated others with our words. We have all gossiped about others. But, we have to try to control our words. We don't have to be perfect, but when we mess up, we should ask for forgiveness. From those we hurt and from God.

The Power of Words

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