Use Words as Tools, NOT as Weapons – August 15 Inspiration

Use words as tools to lift others up, NOT as weapons to tear others down! Have you ever considered how important your words are, and how they can impact you, your life, and those around you? Words really are containers of power, either constructive or destructive, and they can have an impact on our hopes and goals in our journey through life.

 

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Ponder these inspirational thoughts for this Monday in mid-August…

“Your life is greatly impacted

by the words spoken to you.

Likewise, your words impact

the lives of those around you–

for better or worse.

That’s a sobering thought.

Many people have been crippled with insecurity

because their parents spoke words

of judgment, criticism, and failure to them.

These wounded people can be healed

by receiving God’s unconditional love,

but it takes time

to overcome the wrong image

they have of themselves.

That’s why it is important to use your words

for blessing, healing, and building up

instead of for cursing,

wounding, and tearing down.

If you’ve been wounded by words,

be quick to receive

God’s unconditional love.

Let Him heal any unhealthy images

you may have of yourself.

If you have been fortunate enough

to escape such damage,

determine your words will bring

blessing and healing to others.”

–Joyce Meyer in “Ending Your Day Right”

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My reflections:

I confess I have been guilty of not always using positive, encouraging words; and I have been a victim of some very vicious, negative words as well.

In my opinion, there’s no truth to the old “sticks and stones” saying, because words certainly CAN be hurtful and inflict emotional damage that lasts much longer than many physical injuries.

I would much prefer to speak kindly and be encouraging to others–and be the recipient of the same!

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So what are YOUR thoughts?

Do you agree that our words are powerful, for better or worse?

Can you recall times of either saying or hearing unkind, hurtful words, and remember their harmful effect on you or others?

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Yes, I completely agree with you. I came from a very abusive home. The verbal abuse I endured was much worse than any physical abuse I could have encountered. It took me nearly 20 years to deal with all of that. This is something I have been so aware of as a mother to my son. I often think of the saying we have all heard, “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” I believe it and try to live it.

  2. I completely agree! The Bible says, “The power of life and death is in the tongue…” ~ we can KILL others spiritually, emotionally, with the things we say… AND we can speak life into them, as well! This is a good reminder for all of us… Blessings!

  3. Words are so powerful-they can make a life or destroy someone’s confidence. They are actually one of the most powerful weapons we possess. I’ve not always used mine right, either.

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