“Are you stupid?”
“You can’t do it.”
“Don’t give up.”
“No one cares.”
“I love you.”
“Are you kidding me?”
“It’s going to be okay.”
Yes, these are kind of lame examples, but words are powerful. Yet we throw them around like they’re weightless. How often do you see a parent snap harshly at their child and watch as the child completely shuts down? How often do you see a kid give up because no one tells him he can do it – or they tell him that he can’t? How often do you see someone’s day take a turn for the better because someone says a kind word?
Our words are not empty, they are full of impact, whether for good or bad.
In Genesis 1, God speaks creation into existence.
In Matthew 8, Jesus drives out demons and calms a raging storm with His words.
In Colossians 3, Paul says to rid yourself of anger, rage, spite, slander, and *abusive language.
In Ephesians 4, Paul says not to let unwholesome talk come out of your mouth, but only what is helpful for building others up.
Words have impact. It is up to us to choose whether or not we use our words to help or to wound others. Speak love.
Also, Jeff Bethke coincidentally did a youtube video on a similar subject this week! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jzHxJUcnvb0
By the way, this is a cool topic for a **word study.
Until next time, lovelies.
* NIV – “filthy language”
Photo Credit: Joshua Fuller