“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.” Blaise Pascal
“Never underestimate the power of words to heal and reconcile relationships.” H. Jackson Brown
“Your words carry amazing power. So, when you speak make sure you uplift someone and never put them down.” Anonymous
“One kind word can change someone’s entire day.” Anonymous
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof
Proverbs 18:21 (KJV)
Amazing isn’t it, the power that we have? Our words can make someone’s day, or week maybe; and our words can ruin that day, that week- maybe that life. The quotes above are just a few that attest to that power. I think we all know the power that we have in words, yet we often seem so cavalier about how we use our words.
When we are not face-to-face, such as when we are on social media, there seems to be even less attention to the power of words. Because we are at a distance, we may not use the discretion that we would use in face-to-face conversations. I don’t know.
What I do know is that we wield great power with our words. James in the Bible said that the tongue, though small, has great power- much like the little rudder which can change the course of a great ship.
So, I suggest we use that power to affirm others whenever possible. It is the highest use of a great power.
Prayer: Lord, you have gifted us with speech and words. Help us to use them to build others up, Amen