“Words – so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.” -Nathaniel Hawthorne
Words can hurt or heal; they can hinder or help. I have said things that I never meant to say. Sometimes mistakes are accidental, and sometimes we just don’t consider the consequences of the words that leave our mouths. It is one thing to think something, but considerably different to actually say it. The Bible gives us many warnings about words.
* II Timothy 2: 16-18 tells us to shun vain words. There are those who will hurt you with their vain words. Avoid the pitfalls of listening to the wrong people. As a little child must learn to discern about words and their meanings, we must also learn to be discerning about people who speak vain words to us.
*The Bible also instructs us to discern between man’s words and God’s words. We have God’s word written down for us to read and learn from so that we do not apply it wrongly.
*Learn the difference between words that help and words that hurt. Learn to understand how to use your words to build up others instead of tearing them down.
“Some words are wrong, but you can survive; but some words will stop you from living a faithful Christian life. ” – Tim Fleur, Pastor of Victory Baptist Church
It’s easy to say the wrong word, convey the wrong message, or even listen to the wrong advice. Just this week I was trying to say something to a young lady in Portuguese and what came out sounded crazy. I’ve been gone from the mission field for a little while. It is my second week back in Brazil. My language skills got rusty. I was trying to describe a physical therapist that works in the hospital where the young lady is doing an internship. I said that the therapist has long hair…at least I thought that is what I said. My tongue fooled me. I actually said “comprimido” instead of “comprido”. So, I said that her hair is a real pill! I really need to be careful!
Just as easily, we can think we are conveying one message to other people but miss the mark and say the wrong thing. We can also misread someone else’s intentions. Don’t let misunderstandings over misspoken words or even wrong words spoken by hurtful people keep you from living a faithful, Christian life.
Consider the power of words in your converstions, pray that your words are like honey to the hearer, and speak with wisdom. Remember, words have power!
Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person. -Colossians 4:6
Tell your story so that God gets the glory!
“Because God gave you your makeup and superintended every moment of your past, including all the hardship, pain, and struggles, He wants to use your words in a unique manner. No one else can speak through your vocal cords, and, equally important, no one else has your story.”
-Charles R. Swindoll