Words carry power.
They have the power to make us cry, laugh or become angry. They have the power to help us understand or to be misunderstood. Words can create beauty or spread hate.
Words can change the world.
What about your world? What are your choice of words?
Behind Our Words is Intention
Everything we say has intention behind it. Has someone ever said something cruel to you only to laugh and say, “Just kidding! I didn’t mean it!”
Most likely, they did mean it. And if they truly didn’t, they haven’t learned the impact of their words.
Think about a time when someone hurt you. It could have been a physical hurt or an action someone took, but I would guess that most of the hurts we’ve experienced are because of something someone said.
The reverse is also true–that the hurt we’ve inflicted on others is often from something we’ve said.
“Everything you say reveals you.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Our tongue can reveal things about our physical health. That’s why a doctor will ask you to stick out your tongue. The condition of your tongue can reveal nutritional deficiencies, infection, dehydration and cancer.
The condition of our tongue also reveals our spiritual and emotional condition. The condition of our heart is revealed in the words we speak.
When our hearts are hard and judgmental the words we chose will match accordingly. When our hearts are filled with envy we will never have genuine words to congratulation another. If we are insecure our words will criticize and tear down.
The words we choose are important enough that God addressed speech in two of the Ten Commandments.
The third commandment is not to take the Lord’s name in vein and the ninth is do not bear false witness against your neighbor–don’t lie about others.
These two commandments are concerned with our words; our words in relationship with God and our words in relationship with others.
What about the words you say to yourself? Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” We become what we think.
Do you cut yourself down?
Call yourself stupid?
Think you’re an idiot?
How often do we catch ourselves saying, “Ugh – I’m such a _____!”
The intention behind those words develops how we think, which in turn drives our actions. Our thoughts create our reality. Everything in our lives–what we have, who we are–all developed because of a thought.
And thoughts are created by the words we chose to think.
The words we write, speak and think are a powerful force in our lives. Change and improve the words in your life and you can change your life.