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Speak Words to Build Up NOT Tear Down – October 3 Inspiration

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Speak words of edification. Positive, uplifting words build us up–they don’t tear us down. Just as we appreciate hearing words of edification, we should endeavor to affirm and build up others, as well. It’s important to speak kind words–and never allow unkind words to escape our lips.

 

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Here’s your Monday inspiration (I was delayed in posting again yesterday)…

“Every time you think anything good about anyone,

verbalize it. People cannot read your mind.

Your thoughts have power and may affect

another’s confidence level in a minor way,

but your words can really

lift them up and encourage them.

All people need affirmation,

especially those who

have been emotionally wounded

or hurt by someone.

We have more power than we realize we do.

We can help people!

Right words spoken at the right time

have the power to heal.

Not only are right words spoken at the right time

good for others, they are also good for us.

We experience joy in building others up.

God made you to be a blessing.

Start being what you were made to be

and you will start receiving

what you are meant to receive!”

–Joyce Meyer in “New Day New You”

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My reflections:

This has been an ongoing theme recently, especially during this hostile political climate.  Words are so powerful and can definitely hurt–the old adage about “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me” — SO not true!

I can still remember unkind, hateful words spoken to me YEARS ago, even some from childhood. I have recovered better from a broken neck than from the damage done by some of these words!

Speaking edifying, kind, positive words is crucially important to prevent those kinds of lifelong bad memories and emotional and mental damage.

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree in the power of words, for good or bad?

Have you been hurt by unkind words, and does the damage still affect you?

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For good or bad…

7 Comments

  1. Shari Eberts

    Wonderful advice! I agree words are very powerful — why not use them to be kind.

    04 . Oct . 2016
  2. Lesly T. Federici

    Words are VERY powerful, if they were not, there wouldn’t be such science behind them. One of my favorite quotes by Kipling (I think) “Words are the most powerful drug to man”. So true … wonderful post

    05 . Oct . 2016
  3. Ruth Bowers

    It’s so true that the old “sticks and stones” saying is NOT true. Words are so powerful, and we should always be mindful of what we say to ourselves and to others. Great post!

    17 . Oct . 2016
  4. Lydia

    Words of wisdom! Would be nice to always think twice before speaking but I think over the years I have it pretty much down unless it comes to my children. Lordy, then I have to tear my tongue off. lol

    17 . Oct . 2016
  5. Joy Healey

    Oh you are SO right. I have NEVER forgotten how two teachers (who should have known better) humiliated me for not being very good at something in front of the whole class. There really was no need to do it!

    I think one of them just did it as a bit of a “gee-up” to me, whereas one of them was (in my humble opinion) a rather nasty piece of work.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

    29 . Oct . 2016
  6. Erika Mohssen-Beyk

    It is true words are powerful , this is why I like to use words of praise and encouraging. There are enough people who use words to create fear and worry and even war and the damage affects all of us .
    Good to think about what we say and what we listen to
    Thank you
    Erika

    30 . Oct . 2016
  7. Elise Cohen Ho

    I definitely agree that we must be aware of our words and how they effect people. The emotional pain that words can have are capable of hurting people much more deeply than physical wounds.

    31 . Oct . 2016

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