Importance of Our Words
I have noticed that more people have jumped on the positive speaking train nowadays. There are thousands of motivational speakers. Could it be that they have learned the importance or value of our words? I believe we all would experience a better life if we used more wisdom in choosing the right things to say. And not just when we are talking to others but even the small talk we give ourselves. What we say matters a lot. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that "The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." We have to be mindful even of what we tell ourselves. Silence the negative self-talk by speaking the word of God over our lives. God says that we are fearfully and wonderfully created. He says we are chosen and set apart. We are the apple of His eye and a sweet aroma to Him. The word of God says that we are a Royal Priesthood.
Our Words Bless or Curse
The power of our words can damage relationships. James 3:9 and 10 says, "Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God. 10 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!" We can build others up, or destructively tear them down. It doesn't take many words to hurt someone. Maybe the wounds will heal but they will definitely leave scars that never disappear. People will always remember what you said. The saying "sticks and stone may break my bones but words will hurt", is a flat out lie. Our words have enormous power with the ability to help or harm, to heal or hurt, to lift or destroy, to build up or tear down, to offend or befriend, to affirm or alienate, to comfort or criticize. We must silence the negative talk!
Positive Talk at Home
As parents we have the audacity to think we can say whatever we want to our children. Lashing out with tongues that slice and dice their whole being. Of course children can be so rude that their words can tear at the heart of their parents and put a strain on the relationship. When we respond with negative and destructive words, the results can be overwhelming and soul-destroying. Ephesians 4:29 says, "Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them." It takes self-control and strength to express ourselves in a positive way no matter the situation. We should be mindful of what the word of God says, "Be slow to speak and slow to get angry". So, let's stop, breathe and think before we speak, especially during a stressful moment. As parents, we need to speak life into our children from day one and as long as they live.
Just like satan knows the word of God, he knows the power of the spoken words. They have the same power God had when He spoke the world into existence. Silence satan!