July 23 – Words

“Raise your words, not your voice.
It is rain that grows flowers, not thunder.” -Rumi

Have you ever regretted what you’ve said? Perhaps you’ve said something and wish you could have taken your words back. Maybe it’s the opposite for you, you’re working on speaking up in the moment. For either scenario, the right words couldn’t be found. When we say the right words at the right time they can grow, build, shape and influence. The bible talks about words as power, honey and a tree of life. 

A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”
– Proverbs 15:4 (ESV)

Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.”
– Proverbs 16:24 (ESV) 

Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.”
– Colossians 4:6 (ESV) 

Our words are formed out of our thoughts and surroundings. We can choose to speak our mind, or we can stop, go deeper, and take a look at our thought process before we verbalize.

If we understood the power of our thoughts, we would guard them more closely. If we understood the awesome power of our words, we would prefer silence to almost anything negative. In our thoughts and words, we create our own weaknesses and our own strengths. Our limitations and joys begin in our hearts. We can always replace negative with positive.” – Betty Eadie

At times, it is satisfying to speak our minds! But in the long run, can lead to regret.

Biting our tongue can prevent a deeper, unnecessary argument. Words give a chance to uplift, to critique, to influence and to aid. They also are just as powerful to pull down, inhibit, and crush. I’d hate to be the person who crushes another’s soul, demeans a potential. What if we treated humans like our plants? Nourish them, tend to them, or even speak to our plants! Such encouragement allows them to grow. 

Be careful what you say. You can say something hurtful in ten seconds, but ten years later, the wounds are still there.” – Joel Osteen

Connecting with each other positively through what we say and how we communicate can move hearts. Let’s use our words to equip each other’s potential and choose our words smartly. Our words define who we are as people, and how we are perceived. Think on your thoughts, see how your speech connects. Spend time crafting your opinion in such a way to allow people to rise. Let’s talk to build up, to encourage, to bloom.

You say I am loved when I can’t feel a thing
You say I am strong when I think I am weak
You say I am held when I am falling short
When I don’t belong, oh, You say I am Yours
And I believe, oh, I believe
What You say of me
I believe”

You Say, – Lauren Diagle

Further Reading:

Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit- you choose.”
Proverbs 18:21 (MSG)

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.”
Ephesians 4:29 (MSG)

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