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 (NIV)
I had the experience where someone I interacted with used negative words to express endearment. It was seen as a joke so if I offered assistance or solved a problem for which my help had been requested, I would get the response “I hate you!” which really meant thank you.
Even though I understood what was meant in my head, in my heart to hear the negative words still hit me for a moment before I shook them off. Ultimately what matters most is what God says about me and not what people say but their words can still be injurious.
This situation caused me to think more about the importance of words and why we should take care with the words we speak as our words have an impact on others whether positive or negative. It’s often easy to react and respond in the heat of the moment saying something hurtful. However, sometimes, the person we hurt the most is the person in the mirror- our internal self talk can be quite damaging and prohibit us from stepping into all that God has called us to be.
I’m challenged to check my own self talk, as well as those words I speak aloud to others to ensure that my words edify, they release hope and they bless.
What impact do your words have on yourself and others?
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