I have been thinking much recently about the power of words, particularly how they can be used to label human beings as … other, different, and how different can sometimes be synonymous with inferiority, deficiency, lacking value, being less than. I am thinking also of how labels can be used to intimidate and silence others, and how even the threat of being labeled unfavorably can and does have a similar impact.
I have been thinking much recently about the power of words… of how carelessly we can use them and how our carelessness, in a moment, can inflict wounds which take a very long time to heal, even after our most heartfelt apologies.
I have been thinking much recently about the power of words and how He tells us that it is out of the abundance of our hearts that our mouths speak. And I wonder, if we recorded our words over a 24 hour period, what would they reveal about the condition of our hearts?
I have been thinking much recently about the power of words and His statement that words kill and words give life. I wonder, how much life did I speak today? How much death did my words produce? I wonder and I desire that my words build up more than they destroy, that my words edify according to the need of the moment and give grace to those who hear them. I recognize that this desire is good but developing the discipline necessary to make this desire a reality and be intentional about the content placed and stored in my heart, is even more beneficial.