I have to admit, I’m married to a man who knows the power of words.
Last night, before dinner, I pulled out forks from the silverware drawer. I turned to hubby and in a casual tone, I said, “Know what? I just heard of a natural supplement that curbs your craving for sweet things.”
“Nope, can’t go for that,” he said, “I can’t lose my craving for you. You’re the sweetest thing in my life.”
I closed the drawer and gave him the biggest smile that reflected what swirled in my heart. “Awww…I love that answer.”
He could’ve brought home a dozen roses or a diamond ring, but the power of his words made me giddy with delight.
The good thing is that we all have the ability to use that power to influence others.
Here are five ways to use the power of words to stir impacting, lasting and beautiful reactions.
- Be genuine. Words that don’t reflect honesty are like eating a sandwich with nothing between the slices of bread.
- Be sensitive. Will the words carry what you mean? Consider the person who will hear them.
- Be ready to lift others. Everyone has some good, some admirable attributes, and some positive traits. Be ready to praise them.
- Be willing to ask for forgiveness should your words be misunderstood. And…this is the most important…
- Be aware of God’s instructions. The tongue has the power to carry fire or the ability to calm rage.
God’s Word warns: “The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell” (James 3:6). On the other hand, “An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up” (Proverbs 12:25).
Father, may my days be filled with the power of your Word. May I receive your wisdom to speak what is true, honorable, encouraging and edifying. In Jesus’ name, amen.
- How do you feel when gentle words come from your lips?
- What prompts the words you say?
- How do you use the power of your words?
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