The bible talks a lot about how powerful our words are. It’s easy to pretend it makes no difference what we say, but the truth is that our words have so much power. I’ve let my words slip in frustration more than once in my life (maybe even more than once today).
If I’m being honest, I’ve called my children brats under my breath. I’ve yelled at them in anger. And I’ve said things to my husband and others in my family I wish I could take back. But once the words have gone out, there is no taking back the damage they may have caused.
Ouch. That hurts to think about. Think about the harsh words that someone spoke to you. How did it make you feel? Yeah. That’s probably how the other person feels when you let harsh words leave your mouth.
The good thing is we serve a good God who loves us and forgives us. And He gives us ample opportunity to repent and make amends. To ask for forgiveness from Him and the person we hurt.
But wouldn’t it be better if we never let those words leave in the first place?
So, how can we reign in the words we speak?
It starts with putting the right words in.
The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.Proverbs 18:21
This applies not only to how we speak to others, but in how we talk about ourselves. God uniquely created each of us, and if you are constantly putting yourself down, how is that going to breathe life? I know so many women who hate themselves and their self-talk is filled with self-hatred.
God’s word reminds us that:
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.Proverbs 12:18
Surround yourself with wise people who can speak healing into your life. You don’t just want someone who will placate you. You want someone who can speak with wisdom.
Words have power.
Why not use that power to speak love, life, hope, and healing to someone you love?