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Power of Our Words – October 15 Devotions

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Happy mid-October! Can you believe we’re in the last quarter of 2015 already? It doesn’t seem possible, yet here we are. And for those like me who usually make gifts for Christmas…mid-October also means only about 10 weeks left to make those gifts! Time to get crafting…

Onto today’s devotional thought…

 

According to the Bible, the power of life and death

is in the tongue,

and we often have to eat our words.

I wonder how many times in our lives we say,

‘I’m afraid…’

‘I’m afraid I’ll get the flu that ‘s going around.’

‘With the way the prices are going up,

I’m afraid I won’t have enough money.’

‘I’m afraid if I don’t go the party,

people will think badly of me.’

If we heard a recording  of every time in our lives

we have said, ‘I’m afraid,’

we would probably  be amazed that our lives are going

as well as they are.

If we really understood the power of words,

I think we would change the way we talk.

Our talk should be confident and bold, not fearful.

Fearful talk not only affects us in adverse ways,

but it affects those around us.

Don’t underestimate the power of words.

Pray: Lord, show me the ways I need  to change

the way I talk.

Help me to break the  bad habits I’ve adopted

and the negative words I repeat over and over.

Amen.”

–Joyce Meyer in “The Confident Woman Devotional”

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My reflections:

I’ve never believed the old adage that says, “Sticks and stones  may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It has been my unfortunate experience that hurtful words spoken many years ago still affect me today on occasion, when something happens to trigger memories involving those hurtful words.

I also have my regrets about words I’ve spoken in haste many years ago, without contemplating their impact, that hurt other people and have lingering effects in relationships even now.

Words are indeed powerful and we can choose to speak words that are harmful and hurtful, that tear others down, or choose words that are helpful and uplifting, that build others up. It’s a matter of thinking before we speak, and choosing our words carefully.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Can you relate to the quotes and the devotional for today? Can you clearly remember words said to you – or that you said to others – that were hurtful and had a detrimental effect on you or others?

26 Comments

  1. Jenn Alex Brockman

    Glad to see you back! Words can be quite hurtful, but I also think a person can separate them from self.

    What someone else says is about them, not you. When someone says it to be hurtful on purpose, I suppose that might be different, but I think it still says more about them than it does about you.

    What do you usually make for gifts? I’ve not done any buying or making yet and I’m starting to freak out a little.

    15 . Oct . 2015
  2. tara pittman

    Words hurt more sometimes. I was a chunky kid so I know about hurtful words.about

    15 . Oct . 2015
  3. dana vento

    I have issues with words as well. Words can cut like a knife

    15 . Oct . 2015
  4. Karlyn Cruz

    It is so easy to say whatever I’m thinking before giving it any thought. These are great words to live by.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  5. Kebba Buckley Button

    K-Lee, I’m totally with you on this. Words have energy, and energy has power. Joyce Meyer is one of my favorite teachers–I volunteer for her every year when she is in Phoenix. Truly, the power of life and death is in the tongue. So we need to enLIVEn ourselves by choosing our words carefully. Btw, I’m greatly enjoying the pillow you sent. Blessings! –Kebba

    16 . Oct . 2015
  6. Kebba Buckley Button

    K-Lee, I did NOT post anything ever in or about Versatile Themes for Online Magazines. I just saw that had intruded into the end of my post.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  7. rika

    Words are so powerful and could hurt people.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  8. Mike Gardner

    Hi Karen, many people fail to realise the power that their words can have on others either in a positve or negative way. A few positive words at the right time can lift someone in the same way that a few negative words at the wrong time can destroy someone

    16 . Oct . 2015
  9. Erika

    I’ve been trying to be more positive lately with others and it’s making me happier for it.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  10. victoria

    Words are really powerful. and i have a issue in that i always say what i want i never think before i talk

    16 . Oct . 2015
  11. Rachel Mouton

    I love these! What a great reminder of the power of words 🙂

    16 . Oct . 2015
  12. Francene Stanley

    So true. Words can really hurt people and have a long-standing impact. Unfortunately, we can’t change the past. What we can do is make sure we speak well today. I hope I do.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  13. Elizabeth O.

    I agree. Especially if it’s spoken to people who love you or value your opinion. The impact is so heartfelt.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  14. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    Same with me, I remember hurtful words from the past and sometimes they still haunt me.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  15. Claudette

    Awesome reminder – words powered by emotions are indeed powerful.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  16. Mykidsguide

    Yes, I can relate. Words are very powerful. When you want to hurt someone, you speak words that can slice through one’s heart. When you want to encourage someone, you speak uplifting words to help him give his best. Sometimes, I am guilty of not thinking before saying the words, but I am also trying my best to avoid doing so. I try to choose the words before opening my mouth.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  17. Shaylee @ Data Nerds

    This is a wonderful post. We have to be very careful about what we say as we are never sure how the other person may interpret it.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  18. Chanelle

    I am a believer that words are very powerful and have the power to control the direction of your life.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  19. Anne Louise Bannon

    Oh, boy, do I know the power of words to hurt! And I’m afraid I’ve uttered more than my share of them. May God forgive me, and help me to put a brake on my tongue!

    16 . Oct . 2015
  20. Shann Eva

    I think words can be much more powerful and hurtful than actions. They can also be much more helpful.

    16 . Oct . 2015
  21. Shannon Seek

    Ah, words!!! How we talk to our selves is a huge part of this. They say if you eat alone a lot to still practice good manners….Same goes for how we speak to ourselves….That is what I am clued into big time here. Thank you, Karen Lee Banks!

    16 . Oct . 2015
  22. Julia

    You are right. Words are powerful things. They can lift you up or tear you down. And the can never be taken back so we need to be wise with what we allow to leave our mouths.

    17 . Oct . 2015
  23. Ashley

    Words hold so much power, and are used for good and bad. I’m struggling with this right now, as I work through some old issues with my hubby. Trying to watch the words I speak very carefully!

    17 . Oct . 2015
  24. Angie Scheie

    This is great! The tongue really is one of the hardest things to control. I think it’s in James, but that word fragrance. Are my words a fragrance or a poison to people? I try to visualize it before they come out if I’m being intentional enough.

    17 . Oct . 2015
  25. Anna C.

    Words can hurt so much! I was bullied at school and although there were times where I was physically bullied, the verbal bullying was the worst for me…

    18 . Oct . 2015
  26. Krystal

    It’s crazy how fast this year has gone by. I was checking my calendar the other day ago and say that we only have a couple months left of 2015.

    I can clearly remember words said to me or others. I remember things said to me even years ago.

    21 . Oct . 2015

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