The Power of Words
Have you ever taken a second to think about the power that our words have? Think about a time when a friend or family member sent you a text out of the blue just to say, “I love you” or “I appreciate you.” How did that make you feel? When I hear positive words from someone I care about, it creates this instant warm feeling in my heart that can literally last the entire day.
While the power of positive words and affirmations can last an entire day, the opposite is also true, but can unfortunately last even longer. I can recall a time when I was a bit younger where someone literally told me my face was “messed up.” As some of you may know, I was in a car accident where I had to have significant plastic surgery in order to heal the wounds on my face. That one person telling me my face was “messed up” hurt me to the point of making me feel self-conscious for years. It didn’t matter how many people told me how well I was healing, or how good I looked, because I was listening to the words of the person that chose to use their words for evil.
Now think about what is currently happening in our society. Every day my newsfeed is filled with evil words. We are making generalizations about people based on their political party or religious affiliation. We are commenting things that are harsh when we don’t agree with someone’s opinion. We are criticizing people in power because they are making decisions that we don’t agree with. While it’s not wrong to have opinions or to be passionate about things, it IS wrong to speak harshly over someone when we don’t agree with what they have to say.
In my situation, it took years to recover from the evil that someone spoke over me. For people that are fighting over issues of politics or other events happening in the world, it may also take that long to recover their relationship or to heal from the words spoken over them.
Our words LITERALLY hold the power of life and death. This isn’t just something that God spoke over us to scare us, it’s completely true. At the bottom of this post I’m going to include some of the Bible verses that teach us about the power of words. Personally, my favorite is, “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4. The book of Proverbs includes direct wisdom from God that was spoken through a man named Solomon.
What if during these crazy times, we took the time to speak words of love and encouragement over people? How do you think it would make you feel if you took the time to thank a teacher, a healthcare worker, or someone in administration, despite the fact that you may not agree with their political views or decisions? Our words will either unite us or divide us, and right now it appears that they are for the most part dividing us. To speak positively over someone rather than speaking negatively is to speak life over them rather than death.
Other Bible Verses:
“Evil words destroy one’s friends; wise discernment rescues the godly.” Proverbs 11:9
“Your own soul is nourished when you are kind, but you destroy yourself when you are cruel.” Proverbs 11:17
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but hard words stir up anger.” Proverbs 15:1
“The tongue has the power of life and death.” Proverbs 18:21