As kids we used to say, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” These words try to dismiss the fact the words can be ignored and, therefore, will not injure or wound those that the words are spoken to.
We live in a world where there is much division, frustration and anger. Because of this, many have opinions that are expressed in words on social media or blogs. Others feel it is okay to say hurtful things right to someone’s face. This is the place where believers have to take a step back and realize that our words matter. If expressing our opinion and having the last word matters more than the opportunity to share a kind and encouraging word, then we need to take a look down deep in our soul and evaluate.
Jesus’ words were so powerful. At times, His words brought encouragement where encouragement was needed. At other times, His words brought peace to anxious situations. Jesus never used His words to tear people down, but to build them up. We have opportunities every day with family, friends and co-workers to build people up. We have multiple opportunities daily to use words to build people up and bring encouragement to their lives.
Words are powerful! Following are a few verses from the Bible that remind us about the power of our words:
Proverbs 16:24 – Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.
Proverbs 12:18 – Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.
Proverbs 15:1 – A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.
Proverbs 15:4 – Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
Ephesians 4:29 – 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.
I have found that when I am walking closely with the Lord, reading His word and praying regularly, I have many more positive words to share with the people around me. When I am selfish and do not spend as much time with the Lord, I find that my words stir up anger, bring pain and hurt and tear down those that I should be trying to build up.
So, you and I have to choose today what kind of words will come out of our mouths. Our words with our spouses matter. Our words with our kids matter. Our words with our co-workers matter. Words are powerful. Choose wisely!