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”
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?