The power of life and death is in the tongue. — Proverbs 18:21
Words… What a treasure! We create, share or use them in so many ways. Stories, poems, letters, journal notes, diary entries… conversations, readings, songs, prayers and exclamations — how many worlds of thought and emotion our words can contain! Whether joy or grief, dreams or sorrows, it is through words that our hearts find expression.
Sometimes it seems we underestimate the power of our words. Perhaps it’s because we’ve become accustomed to treating them superficially. We speak hastily, not recognizing that others will hold us into account for the words we have spoken so glibly. Unless we are careful, and often we are not, we can injure others with a mean-spirited remark, or ill-advised gossip.
I remember with shame a friendship lost with a stupid remark and friends wounded by my own careless words.
On the other hand, the power to bring healing and restoration is ours as well. “I’m sorry,” is powerful. “I was wrong. Will you forgive me?” These words have great power. “I appreciate you,” is also potent when earnest. Who doesn’t feel taken for granted and unappreciated once in a while?
We live one day at a time. Perhaps today would be a good day to become more attuned to the words we use and how they come across to others. Our words have power. Let’s become sensitive to the impact our words have on others, that we might become agents of healing in a broken world.
Originally published at ennyman.com.