Monday, September 19, 2011

power of words

I was thinking today about the power of words.

I mean, they sort of play an important role in my current career path. As my former journalism professor, the great Mr. Warner, used to say, “Words mean things.”

And they do.

When your best friend/roommate walks in the door and says, “Wow, you really look cute today,” you have a little pep in your step for the rest of the morning.

And when your practical, yet super-cute boyfriend who is horrible with words lets the “b-word” {beautiful} slip, you’re going to remember that moment for a while.

Whether it is a word of encouragement from a teacher on an assignment or a friendly greeting from a complete stranger, words have the power to make someone’s day.

Unfortunately, this works both ways. Just as words have the power to heal, they also have the power to break.

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 Girls are especially guilty of this. We can be so mean. How many times have I let hurtful thoughts pass through my lips without even considering the consequences? How many times have I felt the pain from someone else’s careless remarks myself?

I’ve been reading through the Proverbs during my Bible study this week, and Solomon has so much to say about the power of words.

Gentle words are a tree of life;
a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
~Proverbs 15:4

Kind words are like honey—
sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
~Proverbs 16:24

The right word at the right time
is like a custom-made piece of jewelry,
~Proverbs 25:11

But we know this, right? We know we are suppose to be nice. So why are we mean? Why do we gossip? Why do we talk bad, say hurtful things and even bully?

I know for me it all comes back to the condition of my heart. My words are a reflection of my insecurities, my pain and my problems. If I say something unkind, it’s the result of the brokenness in me.

That hardly seems fair to those on the receiving end of our words. So I encourage you to take a look at the condition of your heart today. Are your words a ray of sunshine in someone’s life today or a dark cloud of hurt?

Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them. And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.
~Ephesians 4:29-32

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