Words are Powerful
Posted: Monday, January 23
Verse of the day:
May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. (Psalm 19:14 NLT)
With our words, we can destroy a person in a manner of minutes. An insult or epithet hurts more than hits and is hard to forget. Most of us, intentionally or not, have hurt people with our words. All of us wish we would've kept our mouths shut at one point or another.
You see, our words (the way we communicate) has also been marred by sin. Thus, for most of us, it is extremely easy to go off in a rant and give someone a piece of our mind. Lies flow right off our tongues and we've become proficient at putting down others "in polite ways."
We are not alone in this. King David struggled with his words as well and when you're a king it's a big deal. I wonder how many times he wished he had not spoken the order to send Uriah to a sure death in the front lines? You see, David learned the hard way about the power of words and the fact that we tend to misuse them.
David was able to understand that God created the world with His words and that He chose to give us the capacity to use words in order to be able to communicate with Him. David realized that God intended for us to use our words like He uses His - to create, to give life.
Furthermore, David was well aware that his words reflected what he was thinking. The same thing happens to us. For example, if we're constantly thinking about the way someone hurt us, we'll speak in angry words to them all the time. On the contrary, if our mind is filled with praise and thanksgiving to God, our words will exude life and peace.
Today, God is challenging you to choose your words carefully. Think before you speak. Allow me to share a few ways on how to do this.
1. Consider how you're feeling before you respond to someone.
2. Make sure you are addressing the issue and not criticizing the person.
3. Fill your mind with Scripture and focus on the Lord's commands and promises.
".Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise."(Philippians 4:8b)