Wednesday, September 7, 2011

the power of your words

some things have happened in the last couple of days that have reminded me of how powerful our words are. there is a proverb in the bible that says that the tongue has the power of life and death. i don't care what your beliefs are or what your religious background is, you can't deny that these words are true. the words that come out of our mouths have power. they can build someone up or destroy them. the old verse about sticks and stones breaking our bones but words never hurting us, well, that's just plain wrong.

how many things do you remember from your past? how often were those centered around what someone said? can you remember specific things that were spoken to you or over you? are you still trying to prove someone's words wrong through your actions each day? did someone's words crush hopes of yours or inspire new dreams? it is all possible and we don't give the words we say enough credit.

what have we spoken over people today? what have we said to our kids? what are we saying to our spouses? are we speaking life or death into the lives of those we love and care about? i know that the day is young but i've already made some mistakes and missed some opportunities. what about you? what a difference we could make if we all took this more seriously.


  1. Nellie, I needed this. I have been struggling lately with my words and know that God has been working on me. I'm going to print that Proverb out as well as the verse that says...

    Ephesians 4:29
    "Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen."

    Thanks for this...I'm looking at it as God's impeccable timing.

  2. Love it, Kelly! This has been on my mind as well. It is definitely something that I'm working on. Thank you for your encouraging words and for sharing that it is something you deal with as well. It is so hard as a mom to watch the words that we are speaking to our kids...and our spouses, friends, parents. I think we all need to be reminded. Thanks again!