Thursday, March 10, 2011

the power of words




Speak Up.

Words.
Powerful words.
They can crush.
Or cure.
Bless.
Or curse.

Seemingly small.
Words shape our future.
Define our destiny.
Seal our fate.
They can lead us to ruin.
Or build like precious stones.

When the heart is squeezed.
It speaks.
Because what is within.
Ultimately fills our mouths.
In time, we say.
What we think.

The tongue is a force.
The mouth a fountain.
Of evil.
Or good.
So we must speak well.


I found this on Passion City Church's blog. I didn't realize how much I was going to need it today.

Our words are so important. They are a reflection of what is in our hearts. They are powerful. With one word you can lift someone up, with another tear them down. The Bible says that the tongue is a fire in James 3:6 and there is much said about it in Proverbs. What are my words doing? What comes out of my mouth when I am squeezed?

It's hard not to lash out when people talk about you behind your back, or make jabs at you. Still, I was reminded that my Savior endured much worse during His lifetime. I have bargained with He who bore a cross. Who am I to complain about life's circumstances? Who am I to be critical or defensive? I should respond with grace.

My life is but a moment. And I want it to count. All of it, including my words...whether that means to speak up or hold my tongue. I pray that I may speak with love and grace on my lips.

14 comments:

melissa said...

Your posts are such a blessing to me each & everyday and look forward to reading them =)

Thanks for linking that Church blog, I'll have to check it out right after I hit "post comment"!

I hope you're having a great day! xo

Amylou said...

I definitely needed to hear this today.

M. said...

amen sister.
just found your blog and i'm so glad i did.
needed this today.

xoxo

Mariel Torres said...

great message darling.

Sarah said...

I agree with all the ladies above. This is so relevant & I appreciate you posting it!

The Southland Life said...

so true, so true!

Branson said...

I am so glad I found your blog (through jhen at fhte)... I love it already, and can't wait to read more posts like this.

SavedthruLove said...

this was such an encouragement!

"It's hard not to lash out when people talk about you behind your back, or make jabs at you. Still, I was reminded that my Savior endured much worse during His lifetime."

at my workplace I often forget my witness when put in these situations and the PRIDEFUL woman I am apart from CHRIST wants to show everyone just how strong or quick I can be. Things have gotten MUCH better but I still often want to just completely be free of the thoughts that I sometimes want to share with my coworkers or the gossip that I want to REPORT... ughhh THIS WORLD TRULY HAS NOTHING FOR US!

Thanks for the reminder and the encouragement. I pray for transformation in this area. Christ can do all things :).

&hears;cheche

Ashley Slater said...

this was perfect!

melinda said...

Hi! Thanks for following my blog!!! I am your newest follower as well :)

Wow! This post went straight to my heart. It is so easy for my tongue to be quick to fire. I pray that my words would show others the love of Christ that I have.

so excited to follow your journey. your words are so encouraging :)
xoxo

melinda said...

ps......i follow you on twitter too :)
@melindaehly

Haley Galloway said...

Beautiful post! I once struggled with saying things just to get attention or cause excitement. The Lord has so changed my ways. Now I speak edifying, beautiful words over people's lives. It's all about growing, stretching and changing...more God, less of me! Love the blog, and am now a follower!

Faith said...

This post serves as a sobering reminder of my unbridled tongue. I am glad that you mentioned the issue of defensiveness. When I choose NOT to be defensive, it is astounding how differently others interact with me. Humility is attractive.

The Brown's said...

Thank you for this. I needed to hear it!!! I think it is difficult to navigate how to express what you need without being critical or harsh. It is a reminder to speak love and mercy over all even when you need to be straightforward.

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