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The power of words

May my words and my thoughts be acceptable to you, O Lord, my refuge and my redeemer!

Psalm 19 : 14 (GNB)

Our words have significant power, whether we speak them, write them down or send them online. Kind words can build someone up, giving them strength and encouragement. Whereas harsh words can do real and lasting emotional damage.

How are you using your words? Are you using them to build up and encourage your friends, family and those around you? When was the last time that you paid someone a compliment, or said thank you? When was the last time you stopped to have a chat with the guy sitting by themselves on the back row at church? Or dropped a friendly text or email to someone you knew was feeling a bit down? These are all examples of ways that we can use our words to encourage those around us.

At the other end of the spectrum, when was the last time that you gossiped about someone? You know the stuff I mean: "You won’t believe what so-and-so was wearing..." "'I've heard that so-and-so hasn't been at home for weeks, I wonder if he is up to no good..." "Did you hear what so-and-so said about you…". When did you last try and pick holes in a project that someone has worked really hard on, or simply dismiss it out of hand. All of these things lead to tension and upset, and are an awful waste of words.

Words are precious so don't waste them spreading rubbish, or as a weapon for knocking someone down! Rather use them to spread love and compassion, as a tool for building others up. These are the things that God designed words for!

Have a great week, and keep a close reign on your words.

This week's song is Hello my name is by Matthew West it's catchy chorus reminds us that whatever names we may give ourselves, or other people may label us our real name is 'child of the one true king'.

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