That which fills the heart is manifested in our motives, conduct, and yes, even what we speak.
Words are powerful. Words can either build up or tear down. This writer grew up hearing, “Sticks and stones may hurt my bones, but names will never hurt me.” That is a down-right lie!
The power of words is noted in the following:
By knowing what to say. “A gentle answer turns away wrath.” (Proverbs 15: 1a).
There is an art in knowing what to say. If you are like me, we tend to say the wrong thing at the wrong time. Knowing what to say comes with experience and being in touch with people and their needs.
Know how to say it; “...but a harsh word stirs up anger.” (Proverbs 15: 1b).
There is an art to both - knowing what to say and how to say it!
All disputes could be resolved if Proverbs 15: 1 and 2 were put into practice. “The tongue of the wise makes knowledge acceptable, but the mouth of fools spouts folly.” (Proverbs 15:2).
The power of words is knowing what to say and how to say them.
Finally, the power of words is liken to gold on a silver platter. They are priceless.
“Like apples of gold in setting of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” (Proverbs 25: 11).
When one hears a word of encouragement from a friend, spouse, family member, co-worker, etc., those words become dear to us, because they build and do not tear down.
The power of words!
Michael Harmon is the minister of the Augusta Church of Christ. firstname.lastname@example.org