Last week, I began a new series about the power of words. Now I will distinguish the difference between positive and negative words and the consequences they have.
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs 13,3
This proverb talks about thinking before speaking. Do you often say things and then regret them later on? Or do you choose your words wisely? Pay attention to your own words throughout the day. Do you speak more positive or more negative words? Think about that for a moment.
If you don’t choose your words wisely, this can happen to you:
Evildoers are trapped by their sinful talk, and so the innocent escape trouble. Proverbs 12,13
What is sinful talk? Sinful talk includes actions such as lying, gossiping and cursing. The Bible warns us that this kind of talk backfires. If you decide to talk bad about other people behind their backs, the truth eventually comes out and your words will backfire on you. If you lie, people stop trusting you. If you gossip a lot, it spreads poison in the heart of others and even in your own.
Not only does this evil talk hurt others, it affects yourself! When you talk negatively, you grow weary, bitter and hateful. Don’t take some gossip here and some complaining there lightly. Negative talk influences your heart and will eventually harden it.
It’s for your own protection to choose your words wisely.
The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12, 18
What are wise and good words to speak into other people’s circumstances? Wise and good words include compliments, encouragement, words of love, blessings and uplifting things.
When was the last time you complimented someone? Do your friends know that you value them? Have you already told your spouse today that you love him or her? Did you praise your children this week for doing their homework?
Let me tell you something: You have the power to change lives! Seriously. With your words you can change your whole circle of influence. Get into a habit of speaking about the great things in life which are the good things that happen to you and the blessings you received.
As it is with negative words, positive words also affect you! Definitely! When speaking uplifting things, it affects your mood, your heart and your joy. Trust me, you will feel more relaxed, content and happy. And furthermore, people like to be around a person with a positive outlook on life.
There are so many ways to spread positivity and encouragement. Start today with your family, friends and co-workers!Share This: