Negative words can be the hardest to bear. Sometimes we need some good criticism to set us back on the right path. It was once told to me to listen well to criticism. If there’s truth to it, and it’s something that I need to change, then criticism can become a welcomed gift.
However, some criticism isn’t intended to be a blessing. It’s meant to simply tear us down and destroy our joy. If this is the case, then we need to put this criticism where we put our trash. End of story.
But, no matter how much we try to believe the ole’ story that “sticks and stones may break our bone but words will never hurt us”, harsh words still have a vast affect on us mentally and emotionally.
The reason our words have so much impact is clear…
If you read and study God’s Word, you’ll see plenty of Bible verses referring to spoken words. Why would God mention the use our words if it were not important in how we use them?
From the very beginning God spoke words to create our beautiful earth, the sun, the moon, plants, animals, man and woman. Genesis 1:3 KJV says, “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.” >> “And God said… ” is mentioned several times in the process of His beautiful creation. God’s Words were used for good.
From the very beginning, words have been used to communicate that which is hidden from within our heart. When Cain made the defiant remark, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” we can see the rebellion seeping out from his heart.
Words can have devastating consequences. The Bible speaks about the power of the tongue…
And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell. – James 3:6 KJV
My soul is among lions: and I lie even among them that are set on fire, even the sons of men, whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their tongue a sharp sword. – Psalms 57:4 KJV
Today; however, I don’t wish to focus on negative words. Rather, my purpose is to challenge you to use your words to be an encouragement to others.
Words are a wonderful tool that can be used of God…
Whose life might you have a great impact on because you took time to encourage them with your words?
Who might be influenced to seek and know God because you shared loving words? What child might rise above some rough challenges because you paid them a nice compliment? What friend might be encouraged through your words to help them through a dreadful trial? What Christian brother or sister in Christ might stay faithful coming to church because your words have shown encouragement and shown love to him/her.
Here’s three Bible verses that show a positive impact that our words can have on others:
Pleasant words are as an honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24 KJV
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. – Proverbs 15:4 KJV
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. – Ephesiasn 4:29 KJV
> Will you pray today that your words can be a blessing to others?
> Would you let God use your words as a tool to glorify Him?
God bless you and your family,