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Words-for Better or Worse – January 4 Devotions


So it’s the first Monday of 2016–how is yours going? Have you ever considered how important your words are, and how, for better or worse, 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 for the new year.




Ponder these devotional thoughts for this first Monday in January…


“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”


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!


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?


  1. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I get into trouble all the time because I speak before I think 🙁

    04 . Jan . 2016
  2. Angela at Daysinbed

    Words are powerful and they need to be spoken with thoughtfulness as some things we say could hurt others.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  3. Mardene Carr

    Words are so important…only speak what you want to see

    04 . Jan . 2016
  4. Elisabeth

    This is SO true. My mother made a point of “bringing us down to earth” if anyone complimented us. She was convinced she was keeping us from getting “big heads”. It was horrible. To this day I hear the awful criticisms she leveled at me daily when I was growing up.

    I work very hard to build my own children up instead.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  5. tara pittman

    Words are important. They can hurt too as I am trying to teach my 7 year old son to think before he speaks.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  6. Barbara

    So true. The words we choose are especially important to those we are closest to.
    Happy New Year, K-Lee.

    04 . Jan . 2016
  7. Beth@FrugalFroggie

    I started a new job today so it was a big day for me. But I am ready for bed. Long day!!

    04 . Jan . 2016
  8. Elizabeth O.

    It’s definitely true, words are very effective. Ever since I had kids I made sure to watch my words and not hurt them. It’s traumatic especially for kids.

    05 . Jan . 2016
  9. michelle

    i agree that there is not truth to sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me. bullies using only their words have caused several people to commit suicide and to me that is so telling of how harmful words can be

    05 . Jan . 2016
  10. Lexie Lane

    Words express our feelings, but we have to think before words come out in out heart. We must be careful.

    05 . Jan . 2016
  11. Ana De- Jesus

    It is so true words have so much more weight than actions and we need to take that into account. I am usually mindful of my words.

    05 . Jan . 2016
  12. CourtneyLynne

    Ughhh words do hurt! It’s crazy how something so stupid that someone says can stick with you for a lifetime :-/

    05 . Jan . 2016
  13. Salma

    This is very true. But Often it’s forgotten, this is a great reminder and quote

    06 . Jan . 2016
  14. Teresa Bowen

    It is important to remember to be honest with your words but always consider that there are ways and means of saying things so that honesty does not descend into cruelty or hurtfulness.

    06 . Jan . 2016
  15. Rosey

    I never liked the sticks and stones saying either. It’s def. not a true lymrick.

    06 . Jan . 2016
  16. Urvi

    Great thought.. I do face problems due to my sarcasm..

    07 . Jan . 2016
  17. Bismah

    I have to agree completely that words can hurt. Once words are spoken they cannot be take back.

    08 . Jan . 2016
  18. miranda

    i love daily devotionals they always manage to set the day right and make me feel as though i have nothing to worry about

    16 . Jan . 2016

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