Life & death are in the power of the tongue

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Most of us have heard the saying, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” And….most of us know that this is NOT true at all! The words you speak can either build up or tear down. This is true for words you speak to others and also to yourself!

God created the universe and everything in it by His words! That’s got to show something about how important and powerful words are!

So…. First of all, take a moment to think before you speak. Be quick to listen, and slow to speak….

Ask yourself, “Is what I am about to say true? Necessary? Kind?”

We often use words like always or never and more times then not, the statement is not true. Do they really NEVER listen to you? Are they really ALWAYS late? Probably not. Also, those words don’t address the present situation and they express little hope for change in the future.

Your words can change someone’s whole day! A little encouragement goes a LONG way, yet so does a little criticism… So, be intentional and kind with your words! Proverbs 15:4 states: A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.

I challenge you to be conscious of the words you use. Do you say I can’t, I have to, I need to… Just a little shift can make a huge difference in you mindset. For starters, instead of “I have to”, say, “I choose to” or “I get to.”

For example, I stay away from processed foods, gluten and most sugar (I do not have allergies to these foods, I just don’t think they help maintain a healthy body). People often say, “You can’t eat that, right?” To that I answer, “I could eat that, I just choose not to”.

I don’t HAVE to work out in the morning, I GET to workout in the morning! (Not everyone has the opportunity or ability to). You don’t NEED to go to your child’s sporting event, you GET to! 🙂

You can also change what you view as problems as opportunities for growth! Be careful not to sabotage yourself with your words. “I can’t cook” could be changed to “I’m learning to cook better” or “This is going to be so hard” to “This is an interesting challenge.” See what I mean? Choose your words wisely!

Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
    sweetness to the soul and health to the body

Proverbs 16:24

One Reply to “Life & death are in the power of the tongue”

  1. I love love love this!!!! Something I have noticed, and it’s pretty interesting. I’m not trying to be witchy or worldly but I need to stress this point. Our words hold so much power as you know. Every word we say or listen to almost casts a spell. This is why it is called “spelling”

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