Abraham Lincoln once said, “It’s better to be silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.” Amusing yes, but I believe he was very serious when he said it.
Our words often say far more than we realize. The spirit behind them determines their true meaning; angry, loving, disgust, encouragement. While we can’t always be sure the person we’re speaking to will take our words in the true meaning we’re trying to convey, the spirit of those words will go a long way toward making that happen. We can certainly control whether we’re being truthful or not, but what we may not understand, is that our words and our attitudes reflect right back on us.
Unless we pay attention, we frequently speak curses on ourselves, our children, our families and friends. For example, a simple sentence spoken to a child at the dinner table when they spill their glass of milk – “You are SO clumsy, can’t you do anything right?!” That’s not only damaging to a child’s developing self-esteem, but often becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. We must watch what we say!
If it’s negative it produces negativity. Speaking in positive terms produces much better results! These positive terms, too, can turn into self-fulling prophecies. Which do you want working in your life?
There are many Scriptures from the Bible that speak of the importance of carefully choosing the right words. I chose a few to share with you:
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” – Proverbs 18:21
“He who speaks truth declares righteousness, but a false witness, deceit. There is one who speaks like the piercing of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health.” – Proverb 12:17-18
“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.” – Ephesians 4:29 (AMP).
“He who has knowledge spares his words, and a man of understanding is of a calm spirit. Even a fool is counted wise when he holds his peace; when he shuts his lips, he is considered perceptive.” – Proverbs 17:27-28.
God fully understands the power of the spoken Word. He used His Words to speak into existence our whole world. The interesting thing to keep in mind, is the fact that when He spoke us into existence, He made us in His image. That means that whether or not we understand it, our words are just as capable of creating things into existence as His are! Good or bad!
Let’s be wise and be aware of what we are speaking into existence. It’s so important, even to our good health, the health of our relationships, and the health of the people we love!
There’s so much more to be said on this subject, that I will probably broach it again in the future. In the meantime, we have something to think about. Please give it your careful consideration.
I’m speaking blessings to you now…