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.
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”
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.
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?
For good or bad…