The Power of Your Words

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29

Whoever came up with the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” was a fool. You know as well as I do that words can hurt people severely. Words cut to the soul. They permanently fracture relationships, and they can do a lifetime of emotional damage. In fact, I believe verbal abuse in your marriage and family can do MORE damage than physical abuse.

Words that are carelessly spoken can be devastating to the people you love most.

Negative words and phrases include…

  • That’s stupid.
  • You’re an idiot.
  • Don’t be dumb.
  • You never understand.
  • You make no sense.
  • Complaints
  • Criticism
  • Yelling
  • Back-handed compliments
  • Words spoken in anger

Words and phrases that build up are …

  • I love you.
  • I’m proud of you.
  • I forgive you.
  • Thank you.
  • I appreciate you.
  • You can do it.
  • Don’t give up.
  • No matter what, I’m here for you.
  • Did you have a good day?
  • Good job.

God has given us the gift of speech, and you have the power to use your words to hurt someone or heal someone. You’ll use them today to either build up or tear down. “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).

Today make an effort to use words that build up … not that tear down.

Can you think of any other words or phrases that tear down or build up?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Trey Morgan tagged this post with: Read 1182 articles by
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  1. JDH says:

    A former friend of mine used to throw out “I hate you” like it was nothing.

  2. Angie Cox says:

    Have you seen the book “Messages From Water” by Masaru Emoto? Powerful and impressive stuff. Even our thoughts have an effect on the shape of the water molecules.

    And thanks for the reminder to keep it positive. It is so easy to see and focus on the negative and what we don’t want instead of aiming for the positive and what we do want.

  3. Greg England says:

    I need a list of words and phrases that work on Southern California freeways!

  4. Tamara says:

    Proverbs 14:1.

  5. NB says:

    Negative:
    What is wrong with you?
    Can’t you do anything right?
    You are just like __________. or Why can’t you be more like ____?
    I can’t believe that you thought/did that!

    Positive:
    I value your __idea, thoughtfulness, helpfulness, friendship__, etc.
    I have time.
    You’re doing great.
    I’m glad you’re here.
    You can count on me.
    I look forward to spending time with you.
    I believe you.

  6. Jomeny Cosme says:

    I am also a firm beliver in the power of words. I believe that in Matthew 17:20 when Jesus spoke of telling the mountain to move he wasn’t just speaking of faith. He was also saying that our words can move mountains.

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