Words-for Better or Worse – January 4 Devotions

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?


18 thoughts on “Words-for Better or Worse – January 4 Devotions

  1. 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.
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  2. 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.

  3. 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
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  4. Ughhh words do hurt! It’s crazy how something so stupid that someone says can stick with you for a lifetime :-/

  5. 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.

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