A Journey of Faith

Sunday, January 1, 2012

The Power of Words

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal. 4 Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. 5 Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. . James 3:3-5

Our tongues have power. The words they speak have the power to uplift, or tear down. The power to show love, or indicate impatience. The power to make someone feel cherished, cared for, respected, accepted. And the power to make someone feel abandoned, pitied, rejected. Even the tone of our voice can be powerful. It can indicate frustration, love, anger, friendship, patience. For many people, especially those who are 'chronically insecure', words heard are tools used to build walls to keep people out. Every unkind or impatient word they hear is like a brick used to make that wall bigger, and stronger. GOD wants us to lift each other up, encourage each other, there is nothing as healing as the kind words of a friend when you are feeling down: Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.2 Corinthians 13:10-12/Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.1 Thessalonians 5:10-12

LORD, help me to hold my tongue! Help me to only speak words that uplift and encourage those around me. Help me to never give anyone the tools to build up a wall around them. In JESUS' name, Amen

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