Words. Words have power, don’t they? Power to injure, power to heal and power to motivate change. Words can bless or words can curse. Are we careful with our words in what we say to others?
The Bible says in Proverbs 15:1 “A gentle answers turns away wrath but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
When unkind words are spoken to us, how do we respond? For me, it depends on the authority of the person speaking them and if what they said has any truth in it. If it’s someone I am close to and care about, it can be more hurtful.
One day my two sisters and I were out shopping in a nearby town. While we were walking on the sidewalk, a car slowed down and a young punk yelled “Old people!!!” at us. I laughed hysterically while my oldest sister wasn’t amused and was ready to give him a few choice words of her own!!!
I try to discern if what was spoken to me was true or not. If there is no truth in it, I try to let it go and forgive the person who spoke them. If there is any truth in it at all, it’s my choice what to do with those words. Will I take responsibility on my part and make a change?
As a child I never knew what to believe. In our family we feared hurting each other’s feelings, so we often avoided speaking the truth. But sometimes truth spoken in love is exactly what we need to hear. Proverbs 25:11 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
After becoming a follower of Jesus, I’m learning His Word is Truth and it does set us free. I’m learning there is a way and time to speak the truth in love. Of course, I’m not perfect and I often blow it so my words don’t always come across as loving, even though that’s truly my intent. Terry is a witness (or victim) of that.
I love the spontaneity and honesty of our grandchildren. Our Hannah is three years old and one day is going to be a loving truth teller. I know she will learn as she matures how and when to speak the truth.
God has used Hannah to help me see that I needed to make some changes. Around a year ago, Hannah had to go potty and asked me to stay with her as she went. Our bed is near the bathroom door so I sat on my bed and chatted with her. All of the sudden, Hannah said in shocking disbelief, “Ama, You Are Fat!!!” I laughed and said, “I know Hannah!” And then she said, “No, but Ama, You Are Really Fat!!!” I had to agree with her because I was at my heaviest weight in my life.
After that little loving chat, I decided to go to my doctor to see what I could do to begin to lose my 40 extra pounds.
Last week, we were visiting with Hannah and our other grandkids.
She poked Papa in the belly and then said, “Ama, I want to see your belly.”
I said, “No, you really don’t, Hannah. Ama’s belly is like jelly.”
She lifted my shirt and poked my belly and laughed and said “Your belly is like jelly, Ama!”
I told her it was from having three babies that stretched out my skin and it’s never been the same.
She proceeded to her mommy and poked her belly and said, “Mommy, your belly isn’t like jelly, like Ama’s! Ama must have had more babies than you.” 😊
Her mommy has had three more babies than this Ama did. Guess what I have started today? Some core tummy exercises to firm up this jelly belly! Hannah’s words motivated me to action once again!!!
Food for thought:
Whose words have wounded you? Whose words have encouraged or empowered you?
Are you familiar with God’s WORD, the Bible?
God loves You and His Word Is Truth. Whether we believe Him or not, HIS WORD is the ultimate AUTHORITY.
Revelation 3:20 “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.”
Jesus wants us not just to hear His Word, but to respond, act on it or apply it and obey it in our lives. His Truth does set us free.
Let’s chews our words wisely! CHEWS JESUS! Taste and see that the Lord is good.