Words have tremendous power! They can obstruct, 


injure, hurt, heal, encourage, strengthen, and/or edify.

Our comments may either endanger or benefit others.


Our words could generate troubles or joy, pain or


 gain. 


Wise individuals learn to control their tongues


 and speak solely to benefit others.



Do people bleed or grow when 


you terminate a conversation?


Poorly timed, ill-chosen remarks, and 


meaningless talk could kill enthusiasm, 


inflict deep emotional scars, reduce


 expectations, crush one's spirit, damage


 self-esteem, disrupt relationships, squander 


our energy, and hold individuals back.

Unthoughtful words can be the underlying

 

cause of many disagreements and the source of 



significant physical and mental harm. Words 



have the ability to penetrate to the very core



 of our being.

Our words may hurt and harm, generating all


 kinds of negative energy in the consciousness


 of others, whether we intended them to or not.


God has given most of us the gift of speech


 and the ability to think. This gift is valuable.


Speech is such an incredible gift... that it


 should not be taken lightly or carelessly.


 Something carelessly uttered in the heat 


of the moment... might wound for a lifetime.

A man's heart determines his 


speech. A good man's speech 


reveals the rich treasures 


within him. An evil-hearted 


man is filled with venom and 


his speech reveals it.


Matthew 2:34-35

Our words may hurt and harm, infusing all kinds 


of negative energy in the consciousness of others,


 whether we intended them to or not.



According to the Scriptures, there is a direct link 


between the heart and the mouth. The heart is 


more than just the organ that circulates the life 


blood of a person. The source of evil thoughts 


and bad ideas, according to Scripture, is man's 


heart.



It is from within, out of a person's heart, proceeds


wicked thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,


 sexual immorality, theft, greed, malice, deceit,


 lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance, and folly.” 


Mark 7:21

Ungodly actions arise from the heart, and the mouth


 speaks and leads people down dangerous paths.

Our words are like seeds that 


we sow, 


and we never know which seeds will 


sprout... perhaps they all will. 


Trust... 


there will be a harvest, 


and our harvest will be determined by what 


we have sown... for better or worse.

Some of us have a tendency of repeating the 


same unpleasant phrases over and over again.


The issue is that the more we hear, read, or 


speak a certain word or phrase, the more 


influence it has on us. This is because the 


brain learns through repetition, identifying


 patterns and consistency in an attempt to 


make sense of the world around us.

Sowing and reaping is a fundamental principle 

in God’s Kingdom. Reaping and sowing applies 

to everyone.

The quality of our life is the result of the seeds 


we have sown. None of us can escape the 


harvest of our own words!


Research shows that words have emotional, 


physical, and spiritual impact. 


Words are messengers;


they carry defeat, they can convey defeat, 


rejection, anguish, and sorrow... 


or transmit victory, harmony, and life for many!


Words are powerful.


Words may either build up or destroy.

Words have enormous power, 


for better or worse.

People will be held accountable, when it is all


said and done, for every thoughtless remark


they utter.


Giving someone a "piece of our mind" impacts 


not just the hearer, but also the accuser's joy


 and tranquility.

Words trigger feelings, images, and expectations.


Because thoughts drive actions, there is a strong 


link between the words we use and the 


outcomes we achieve.

Words are the most potent forms of expression.

Although the tongue is a "small part of the 


body," it "possesses the power of life and 


death." This applies whether we're talking 


about spiritual, physical, or emotional "life 


and death."

What comes out of our mouths 


defines us more than what goes in.

"A man is defiled not by what goes into his 


mouth, but by what comes out of it." 


Whatever enters into the mouth passes


 into the stomach, where it is processed, 


before being expelled out of the body. 


The food eaten has no effect on the mind 


and so it cannot corrupt it.


But what comes out of the mouth comes 


from the heart, and this is what pollutes and 


makes a man 'unclean.' 

The tongue utters only what is 


already in the heart. 


Matthew 12:34

The heart could be a breeding ground for evil. 


That which comes from the heart and reveals


 itself through the mouth is what defiles man 


as a moral being.


Matthew 15:18


If the heart is tainted, 


the entire person becomes 


tainted.

Jesus is concerned not just with how we behave, 


but also with why we act... not only with what


we do, but also with what we desire to


 actually achieve in our hearts.


Words are extremely powerful


 instruments.

Some words have the power to penetrate the 


very depths of our being, for good or evil.

The simplest words could very well hurt or 


heal, inspire or discourage, help or hinder.

Our tongues are extremely powerful!

A careless phrase... may ruin


someone's life.

Our ability to speak provides 


us the ability to build or destroy.


At times, we speak with such eagerness and ease.


Unfortunately, those hurtful, poorly chosen, 


and inconsiderate comments are frequently 


felt in the home environment.


In certain households, foul language, rude


 speech, and stinging sarcasms are the norm.


 As a result, everyone involved is emotionally 


agitated.

When one reacts angrily to another, their 


remarks are typically incorrect, harsh, 


and hurtful.


We'd all be amazed how many awful things


 we utter when we're upset.


Hearing unpleasant words can stimulate parts 


of our brain that processes pain, making our 


bodies feel as though we are in actual physical


 pain, according to researchers.

When one is crushed by venomous


remarks, it is can be difficult for 


the injured party to recover.

We have no clue what effect poorly chosen 


words may have on another when hurtful 


words are hurled at them. Words, especially 


when spoken by someone we love or care


 about, may leave scars that are deeper


 than any physical damage.


Words have the ability to induce


 physical changes in our bodies


 as well as alter the spiritual


atmosphere.


A fool does not consider the harm their words


 do, but if they had to drink them... they


 would know how bitter they tasted.

Words and phrases that are hostile, indifferent,


 nasty, and destructive can leave lifelong scars... 


especially when one seeks to belittle and 


change one's perception of themselves or


 their perceived value to others.

The deepest scars are


 those we do not see. 

The wound a word opens... 


can fester indefinitely.

A few carelessly flung aggressive and harsh


 comments can be painful and destructive, 


causing emotional trauma in the other person 


later in life, especially on the fragile hearts 


of our children.

Injuries can heal, but bitter words can plant


 seeds in our thoughts that not only impact 


how we view ourselves, but also have the 


capacity to leave emotional, physical, and


 spiritual scars for life.

Whether remarks are yelled or properly expressed, 


they can still be incredibly damaging and detrimental 


on many levels, leaving deep emotional scars behind.

The Scriptures remind us that all of us will give


 an account for every idle word we speak. 


Jesus Himself said that our words will either 


acquit us, or condemn us.


Matthew 12:36-37

Slandering, mudslinging, and negative smear tactics


used against a person in order to undermine their 


reputation and/or destroy their character are 


incredibly harmful and malicious offenses that 


can be hard to overcome or rectify.



The literal assassination of a human life, or 


bloodless murder, as it is often termed, is done 


primarily to tarnish the character of the victim. 


The consequences of character assassination can 


endure a lifetime.

The wrong use of words can:


destroy enthusiasm, impact self-esteem, cause one to 


become wretchedly unhappy or uncomfortable, dejected, 


down-hearted, or heartbroken.



Words can lower expectations, ruin relationships, affect 


one's health, and make one sorrowful and sad.

1Peter 3:9; "Do not repay evil with evil or 


insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil 


with blessing, because to this you were called


 so that you may inherit a blessing."


The way we speak and the things we say have power.

Our words can bring joy or cause misery. 


Proverbs 18:21 puts it this way: 


“The tongue has the power of life and death.”


Our words can either speak life, or speak death


Our tongues can build others up, or they can


 tear others down.

Everything we speak, think, and do will attest


 to what the abundance of our heart brings forth.

Ephesians 4:29; "Let no corrupting talk 


come out of your mouths, but only such 


as is good for building up, as fits the occasion,


 that it may give grace to those who hear."


Our words should be carefully chosen.

Before we speak, we should consider



the impact of our words.

Let us pay close attention to the words we speak, 


knowing how powerful they are.


Before we speak, we should consider the 


following:


1.) How will my words (including my tone) 


affect the individual to whom I am speaking?



2.) Will my remarks help or hinder?



3.) How would I react if I were spoken to in


 the same manner?


We can frame our reality to be one of defeat 


or transformation.


If we don't like our current circumstances, 


we must adjust what we say and how we 


express it.

Speaking to people as we would like to be


 spoken to is an age-old principle that works... 


when implemented.

 A wise person thinks before he speaks.

The first "activity" we know God 


took was to speak. God spoke 


with clarity, candor, and authority.

The truth of God's Word gives us power and 


vitality. God's promises inspire and encourage 


us. The instructions of God strengthen and 


lead us.


God's Word is perfect,



 powerful, and 



soul-refreshing.



Because we, God's creations, bore God's image, 


according to Genesis 1:27, we should recognize


 that our words have power and should be 


uplifting and refreshing to the soul.

RECAP:

God's very first "Action" that we know of 

was to speak. This universe was created by 

the use of words.

Words are filled with everlasting power. 

Words are extremely powerful instruments. 

Words are the most potent means of 

communication. Words may inflict wounds 

that last a lifetime.


Words have the power to both create and 

destroy. Words have the power to adjust 

situations and shape futures.


Do you ever consider the words you use 

and the impact they have?


Do you think your words help or hurt?


Have you ever gotten into trouble 

because of your words?


There are some sentiments which should 

never be spoken, no matter how major or minor.

The nonstop talker seeks acceptance 

and attention from others.

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May we never forget and always remember:


"The good man produces good things out of the good 

stored up in his heart, and the wicked man brings evil

 things out of the evil stored up in his heart," clearly

 stated in Luke 6:45.


For he speaks from the overflow of his heart."

Out of the mouth speaks that which fills the heart. 

Our words emerge from our hearts and reflects who

 we truly are? the real us.

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What comes out of the mouth proceeds

 from the heart, and this defiles a person.

Matthew 15:18  

 Before speaking, a wise person thinks.

We must exercise caution in what we say, 

how we say it, and when we say it. Our 

words reflect who we are and reveal who 

we are to others.

May we allow our minds to fully 

activate before speaking.

A wise man's heart guides his mouth,

and his lips promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:23

Do not let any unwholesome talk come 

out of your mouths,

 but only what is helpful for building others up

 according to their needs that it may benefit

 those who listen.

Ephesians 4:29

Kind words are never wasted.

May we always remember and never forget...

A wise man's heart guides his mouth,

and his lips promote instruction.

Proverbs 16:23

The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, 

but the mouths of fools pour out folly. 

 Proverbs 15:2

There is one whose rash words are like sword

 thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.

Proverbs 12:18

A soft answer turns away wrath, 

but a harsh word stirs up anger. 

Proverbs 15:1

From a wise mind comes wise speech; 

the words of the wise are persuasive.
Proverbs 16:23

Speak Positive Words, Words that Edify, 

Words that Build Up, Words of Grace: 

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, 

but only such as is good for building up, 

as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those 

who hear.

Ephesians 4:29 

Kind words are never wasted.


OUR PRAYER:

May our words be uplifting and have eternal meaning 

in the lives we touch... and may they transmit beauty into
 
the lives of future generations.

 

 carolecgood@carolecgood.com

 

  

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Wild animals can


be tamed and


trained, but the


tongue can be 


a devilish, 


unyielding,


headstrong


beast!

You can cut a 


person with your 


words, like the 


piercings of a 


sword, or you can 


heal and nurture 


him with kind 


and helpful words.