Thursday, April 12, 2012

Words Have Power

Tonight we came home from church and my sweet daughter came to me in tears and asked if she could talk to me.  Someone did something at church tonight that hurt her.  I am sure it was not intentional and it is something rather small, silly even.  But to her, it was hurtful.  I had to explain to my daughter that this person probably did not mean to hurt her feelings or bother her.  They were very likely just playing around and being goofy.

We decided to pray together.  We prayed for my daughter's hurt feelings and for this other person.  But it got me to thinking.  If you have followed this blog for long, you know how important I feel our words and actions are.  The person who wrote the rhyme "sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me" was seriously a little off there.  Our words do have the ability to hurt.  Words can make or break someone.

So I was thinking about what I told my daughter and wondered how many times have I said something playfully or maybe just without thinking and it hurt someone?  I never want to be careless in what I say and do.  I do not want to be responsible for someone going home at night and going to their mom {spouse, friend, etc} and saying how much what I said hurt them.

Friends, we need to think before we speak.  Our words bring life or death.  I choose life.  Today, stop and think before you speak {type}.  Pray that God will help your words to be encouraging and uplifting.

Sweet Blessings~
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  1. Great reminder, Jenifer. I have a rather sarcastic sense of humor, I know it's gotten me in trouble before. Thank you for the reminder to think before we speak.

  2. This made me cry! I've been told more than once that I have no 'tact.' I've been told that I could say the exact same thing in a little different way so that it wouldn't seem so sarcastic, etc. Like Eileen said...'it's gotten me in trouble before.'

    Thank you for reminding me to carefully check my words and my tone BEFORE they come out of my mouth!

  3. Thanks for a really great post. There are some that seem to think it doesn't matter what they say, if they are teasing you are supposed to know that and 'not be hurt.' We need always to think before we speak.

    Blessings to you and love you.

  4. It's hard when our children get hurt feelings. My little one is 3 years old, and she is now starting to understand what it means. You are so right when you said we need to really think before we speak. Great post.

  5. Hi Jenifer - I remember we used to say sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me! Um, No... Great reminder to consider our words. God bless friend

  6. I agree, Jenifer; words can hurt and wound deeply.

    We are just finishing a study on the book of James. Of course he writes about the tongue and the damage it can do.

    Lord, help me to choose my spoken and written words carefully!



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