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The Power of Your Words

Educators and psychologists will tell us to speak kind words not harsh words with our children and to others. Many lives unfortunately have been formed from negative words spoken to them. I’ve heard parents calling their children stupid or an idiot in front of other people. What does that do to a child’s self-image? I recall learning the phrase, and I’m sure you’ve heard it as well: “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me”. Up to a point, you can endure and throw off those words, right? But when we take words as stones and build the who we are on those words, it may be more problematic because stones hurt when hurled at your heart. And words that hurt your heart can be damaging.

But that’s the picture of the world. It’s a picture of hurting people who, in turn, throw stones and hurt others because they are hurting. That’s NOT the picture God wants us to have or live by. It’s time for us to make sure our picture and His words to us are correct, not skewed according to our experiences. (Psalm 36:5-7, God’s love is unfailing, and Psalm 31:7, I will be glad in your unfailing love, for you have seen my troubles and you care about the anguish of my soul).

It’s not only parents or relatives who can hurl stones at you. Religion hands you markers to make sure you’re living up to your new life with God. If you don’t measure up, they say, you’ll pay the consequences. The underlying condemnation is hurled at you, like sticks and stones. Guilt builds up because you feel you haven’t done enough or said the right things. What religion and its rules do is make you think you have to do everything, so God is pleased with you. That’s not the correct picture of God. He’s pleased with you the way you are, with all your faults, wrong beliefs, and weaknesses. He knows you well, and totally loves you. (1 John 3:1, He loves us enough to call us His children; Romans 8;35, 37-39, what can separate us from his love; Psalm 5:12, You are surrounded with His shield of love).

Meditate on these verses to cement in your heart God’s love for you. Then you’ll be able to share this truth with others. Speak His Word over yourself and you’ll feel His presence, His Grace, His peace, and His great love surrounding you. (Ephesians 3:18-19, to know how wide/deep God’s love is).