“The average person speaks nearly 10,000 words in a day. That’s a lot of opportunities to speak life! So, I want to challenge you by asking – how do your words make people feel? Do they lift people up, or do they crush people?”
Many of us underestimate the power behind what we speak, but I want to challenge you that words are more powerful than you think.
Have you ever had someone give you a compliment that makes you beam from ear to ear? Have you ever had someone speak into your world in a way that everything seemed to suddenly get brighter? Maybe you’ve been hurt by words spoken against you. Maybe someone’s words have shattered your whole world in a moment.
Words can hurt, or they can heal. They can tear down, or they can build up. They can destroy, or they can bring life.
Proverbs 15:4 says, “Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.”
So, we can choose to speak words that bring life, or words that crush the spirit.
It honestly makes my day when I encourage someone and see how it lights them up. It’s the best feeling! Why? Cause I know that my words planted a seed in them that will bring life and healing. I love even going out of my way to encourage people – to speak life into them!
I’ve experienced firsthand the power of life-giving words and soul-crushing words. Maybe you have, too. While it can be easy to tear others down when they’ve torn us down, I want to encourage you to speak life instead. Find even just one thing that you can speak life into in that situation. And watch the seed grow.
Proverbs 16:24 says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
Let’s be people who speak words of kindness, words of love, words of forgiveness, words of mercy, words of grace and words of truth. Let’s be people who speak life, no matter what is spoken against us.
The average person speaks nearly 10,000 words in a day. That’s a lot of opportunities to speak life! So, I want to challenge you by asking – how do your words make people feel? Do they lift people up, or do they crush people? I’m far from perfect, but I pray that what I speak is words of life, words that build people up, words that bring healing rather than pain.
You can speak life no matter how much you’ve been hurt by words. You can speak life no matter how much you yourself may have hurt others with words. The Holy Spirit helps us see through His eyes – to see people how He sees them; to see ourselves how He sees us, and to see our world through His eyes too. I pray that He would help you see from His perspective and that you would speak life out of that place. And I pray that He would bring healing to where you may have been hurt by people’s words.
Now, how can you speak life today?