There is an old proverb with a lot of wisdom. It says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and whoever loves it will eat its fruit.”
You can speak well if your tongue can deliver the message of your heart. You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.
Is there any real power in the actual words themselves, or not?
Give some thought to the last time you read a phrase, a paragraph, a newspaper article or a novel that changed the way you look at your life. Or maybe you turned on the television and watched a program designed to feed you a new viewpoint. Think of that cozy, corner store in your neighborhood that stood for a hundred years and has now been replaced by a parking lot. People were discussing the fate of that store long before it was destroyed; a change brought about by words.
It is so true. What we say has the ability to create situations, emotions, and thoughts in others. A kind word helps people, negative words hurt – sometimes for a very long time.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Most of us grew up hearing this statement, but few were able to conquer the message contained within. Why? Because words can hurt. Words can lead to stress, anguish and broken relationships. Words can ruin lives. But words can also empower, encourage, uplift, and comfort. Words can be the beginning of something great, and words can help bring about positive change.
Mightier than swords, words may not break our bones but they can certainly raise our spirits, dash our hopes, seal our fates and save our souls. Other species certainly communicate but it seems safe to say that no other living thing on earth has a tool as rich and powerful as human words.
Words can produce peace or war.
Have you ever thought about how careless we sometimes are with our choice of words? We use plenty of them. Something can be created from nothing. Spoken correctly at the right time, words can transform convincing and influential ideas into acts of goodwill or bad. People can be prompted to change their opinions and viewpoints to reflect those of other people, just by the right choice of a few words.. People can learn new concepts and express conflicting attitudes, all with the power of words.
It is time that we begin to consider the power of our words. Spoken words may even be more powerful than those which are read from a page, because they carry the emotions and feelings with them. But with that said in the digital age we live in, and with all the social networking, we need to be careful how our comment will be received by the intended party or another reader. Comments on these sites do not carry the emotions and feeling spoken words do and their interpretation is left up to the reader. No matter our intent whatever the reader’s perception of the comment is – it is their reality. So this may require even more wisdom before posting a comment.
Before you speak or comment with words, might it be wise to consider how these words go beyond your intended target. Whether or not you possess power in other parts of your life, you will always be able to use the power of words. Choose your words carefully.
What we say probably affects more people than any other action we take. It is not surprising then, to find that Proverbs give specific attention to words and how they are used. Four common ways the tongue is used is described in Proverbs.
The first two should be copied, while the last two should be avoided.
A person with a controlled tongue will “Think” before speaking, know when silence is best, and give wise counsel.
A person with a caring tongue will speak truthfully while seeking to encourage.
A person with a convincing tongue is filled with wrong motives, gossip, slander, and twist truth.
A person with a careless tongue is filled with lies, curses, quick-tempered words – which can lead to rebellion and destruction.
Who would you prefer a friend’s cut, who has your best interests at heart may have to give you unpleasant advice at times, but you know it is for your own good. An enemy, by contrast, may whisper sweet words and happily send you on your way to ruin. We tend to hear what we want to hear, even if an enemy is the only one who will say it. A friend’s advice, no matter how painful, is much better. Words have tremendous power. That’s nothing new.
Words express concepts that pictures cannot convey. Words allow us to share and exchange complex ideas, procedures and ultimatums that simply could not be shared any other way. Without words, there would be no cars, no electricity, no government, and no industry. The world as we know it could never exist without the power of words.
Words are the tools by which all of our world was created upon and may be the catalyst that it is destroyed by. Wars are fought over words. Hearts are won and broken with words. The world depends heavily on words to deal with one another, to earn a living, to express ideas, to strive, compete and to make peace.
Words are used to cement agreements, to bind contracts, to resolve conflicts and to woo the heart of our beloved. Sign language, traffic signs, facial expressions all indicate words that represent meaning. Infants learn whatever words they are exposed to, good or bad, regardless of formal education. The use of words may very well be the only true instinct in our life’s.
Words can bring us happiness and they can bring us sorrow. They can unite nations and end wars. They can divide nations and begin wars. They can join two people in marriage or they can just as easily end a marriage. Words can raise a person to great heights and words can wound a person, or a group of people, to their inner being.
Verbal bullying, or prejudice by words and actions is a sign of immaturity, insecurity, and intolerance. The people that resort to that type of behavior needs to step back and think how such actions make them look to others. I have been and worked or volunteered in places where I was exposed to peoples of all kinds and was taught tolerance. It never once occurred to me as I grew up to judge other people based on their skin color, their social status, or their religious beliefs. Rather, I base my opinions of someone on how they treat me and how they treat others. I do not let the actions of a few bad people taint my views of the entire group.
Positive speaking can overturn negative thinking. Once you hear something it begins to take root, and you can either receive what you are hearing or discard it. I know in my life if I hear something or read it long enough, I start to believe it. Whatever is planted reproduces a harvest. The power of words. Words of encouragement can bring hope years after they were planted. If we look at the power of words, then we see the ability to change the atmosphere, situation, or a person’s life by a single word. Although, many would disagree, words carry a great deal of influence and power.
Words that have been thrown out that have brought pain or criticism can never be taken back. The Bible refers to it as an arrow shot from the bow that can never be retrieved before it makes contact with something. We should always choose to think before we speak. The Bible also states out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Whatever is in our hearts must come out. Whether good or bad there is a need to release the overflow from out heart. Words say a lot about who you really are deep down inside without the façade of a mask to hide behind. The need to release inner pain should never wound another person. I realize some people enjoy seeing others suffer, but I choose to continue to try to help those same individuals. I have had to bless those who have wrongfully used me. I have the power to choose. What we say about ourselves is even stronger than what other might say. I challenge you to begin to speak positive words. Watch your mindset and you life change for good.
Words can carry truth or deception. Words can steal, violate, validate and empower. The range of power wielded by words is immeasurable and undeniable. Knowledge and skills are shared by words. We capture the attention of others by our use of words. It is difficult for us to ignore words in our presence, which is why advertising works so effectively and we buy stuff we don‘t need and will never use.
We are not all good with words. We all do have a responsibility to use our words wisely whether spoken or written. I have heard wounding words ring out and seen people try to take their own life simply by a few words read in a letter.
Let’s change what we speak about others and ourselves. Have you ever noticed after you speak those things it usually manifest, or you find it to be so. You will never rise above, if all you speak is negative. We must see ourselves above and not beneath. The tongue is a small member of our bodies, the smallest muscle found in our bodies, and yet the power it has can change destiny!