We all know words are powerful, but it’s easy to forget.
I don’t know about you, but emotions often dictate my words. If I feel safe my words flow more freely. I’m more my self around people I know won’t judge me for being me. When I feel unsafe I guard my words more carefully.
But emotions are so powerful.
I’ve let my emotions lead me to say hurtful things to people I love. Sincere words bring life or death. There is so much bull poop coming out of people’s mouths that when someone actually says what’s on their heart it makes a great impact for better or worse.
In the creation account in Genesis, the author records how everything began. Now, if you are anti the Bible don’t dismiss this next point. Words are incredibly important and in creation account the author writes over and over again, “And God said…”
God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
God spoke creation into existence.
When it comes to humans it is said we are created in the image of God.
God’s words spoke things into existence. I don’t think it’s any different with our words.
Our words speak things into existence. Sometimes we speak death. Sometimes we speak life.
When our emotions run high we speak our heart and that is when the most damage can be done. In frustration it can be easy to spout off, “You’re so ______” or “You are such a _____.” The statements may have a ring of truth to them, but they are not bringing life.
Your words matter.
So the question is what do we do when someone is being a kaka poo poo head and needs to be put in their place?
That’s a great question. Thanks for asking it. I appreciate you.
Even in frustration we can speak life instead of death.
This isn’t easy. But what if we all aimed to do the following when we were disappointed, mad, or frustrated with someone we love…
“I love you. You are way better than this action. Remember who you are and knock it off.”
There is no insult there.
There is life giving words. The actions of others may stink. But you aren’t called to control other people. In fact you’ll ruin relationships and end up in counseling when you try to control others.
You are responsible for you.
I’m responsible for me.
Our words matter.
In frustration about the careless words of some religious leaders, Jesus said, “But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment.” Matthew 12:36
I don’t fully understand that verse. I know we are forgiven for our sins. I know God doesn’t love me less because I’ve used “careless words.” Speaking careless words doesn’t prevent someone from getting into Heaven, but according to Jesus we will have to give an account for our words.
That’s pretty powerful.
Words are not empty.
Words have meaning.
It is easy to tear someone down.
It is easy to speak out of frustration and attack someone else.
It may be easy, but you are better than that.
I am better than that.
The very power that spoke the universe into existence lives inside of us.
So instead of telling the ones we love about how much they’ve blown it, how forgetful they are, how careless they are, how lazy they are, how selfish they are, how ______ they are, let’s speak life.
I love you. You are better than what you were just doing. Stop it.
When do you have the most difficulty speaking life? Who has spoke life into you?