The Power of Words in Your World

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

6 Responses to The Power of Words in Your World

  1. Very insightful post Yolanda. I concur that our spoken words are very powerful. I’ve been thinking about that a lot lately to ensure that if I don’t have words of encouragement to share, it’s best to just keep quiet. The part of your post that really stood out for me:

    “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 congratulate another. If we are insecure our words will criticize and tear down.”

    Amen.

  2. dorlee m says:

    Yolanda,

    Great post on the impact of our words. The impact of our words or rather our thoughts is so powerful that it forms the basis of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

    Thoughts → Behaviors → Feelings

    If you change your thoughts [the words you are saying to yourself], you will have a different reaction [behavior] and therefore feeling about whatever event may have taken place.

    Therefore this concept of taking control of our thoughts [or words] is indeed a very powerful one.

    May we all be compassionate with the choice of our words in talking to ourselves or others,
    Dorlee

    • yolandadeloach says:

      Hi Dorlee, it’s very helpful to understand how all these are connected. We can have such a better understand of ourselves and others. Thanks for posting.

  3. debsrandomwritings says:

    What you have written is so right. I have always thought that the saying ”sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is so wrong. Often words can do more damage and cause more hurt than any stick or stone that you maybe unlucky enough to be hit by.

    The words we speak can also affect the way people treat us and see us, if we put ourselves down, it gives people the opportunity to also put us down, which in turn can effect the way we feel about ourselves.

    A good, thought provoking post.

    • yolandadeloach says:

      Hi Debbie, the body heals its bruises and cuts quickly but the spirit may carry wounds from words for a long time. I like how you mentioned that how we speak about ourselves affects how others may treat us. We teach people how to treat us. Thanks for posting.

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