The Power of Our Words

DSC00326Have you ever had someone speak to you critically, harshly, with rejection or call you a name?
I have.

The message of the mouth leaves a mark.

“The tongue has the power of life and death.” (Proverbs 18:21)

Death. That’s a strong word. The power to destroy or end.
Words can destroy our view of self. End a vision. Kill a hope.

We wince at the hurt. Trying to shake off the message, we suppress it or live trying to disprove it.

DSC00654I’ve also spoken such wounding words….to those I love most, my family. I cringe when I think about it. The pain I’ve caused.

Have you ever spoken words that deflate, defeat or discourage?
Have you ever wondered, “Have I ruined my child?”

Remember… GOD IS SOVEREIGN OVER OUR CHILD’S HEART – and over ours.
He gave Jesus for the speaker and hearer of hurtful words.

Be humble. Be changed.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1.9)

Sometimes the Lord leads me to ask my child to forgive me. It’s awkward at times, but practicing humility is like cement between the building blocks of the relationship.

DSC00338The message of the mouth leaves a mark.

Wounds may infect who we were created to be.
God can heal the marks on our heart… on our child’s heart.

“He (God) heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147.3)

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