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Power in Words – May 12

Most people, myself included, do not take their words serious enough. People are continually affected by our words, whether for good or bad. Words and their effects cannot be cast out and drawn back like a fishing line. Once out of the mouth, they are permanent. It doesn’t really matter if they were intentional, or playful, or rashly spoken without thought; what matters is their influence and impact on others. Blessing and edification are accomplished  if the words are truthful and gracious; likewise, damage, hurt, and pain are found in harsh, disrespectful statements.

So how important are words? God reminds us in Proverbs:

  • “Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin.” – Prov. 13:3
  • “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” – 15:1
  • “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the Lord, but gracious words are pure.” – 15:26
  • “Righteous lips are the delight of a king, and he loves him who speaks what is right.” – 16:13
  • “Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.” – 16:24
  • “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” – 18:2
  • “A fool’s lips walk into a fight and his mouth invites a beating.” – 18:6
  • “A fool’s mouth is his ruin and his lips are a snare to his soul.” – 18:7
  • “If one gives an answer before he hears, it is his folly and shame.” – 18:13
  • “From the fruit of a man’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; he is satisfied by the yield of his lips.” – 18:20
  • “A worthless witness mocks at justice, and the mouth of the wicked devours iniquity.” – 19:28
  • “Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” – 21:23
  • “Argue your case with your neighbor himself and do not reveal another’s secrets.” – 25:9
  • “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” – 25:11
  • “A man who bears false witness against his neighbor is like a war club, a sword, or a sharp arrow.” – 25:18
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Posted by on May 12, 2012 in Daily Thoughts, Leadership, May


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