Jo’s Journal: Words Have Power and Should Be Used Wisely
Choosing to love and inspire with your words
by Joanne Troppello
Words have power. The words you speak can inspire you to take on new projects. They can hold you back from accomplishing your goals. Words can hurt or heal.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21, NKJV)
We can encourage others that we encounter each day by the words we say. Choose to inspire and not tear down with your words.
“A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.” (Proverbs 15:4)
Have you been speaking positive words over your life each day? What about the people in your life like family, friends, and others you meet daily?
Of course, with the recent quarantine life due to COVID-19, most of us are not out and about meeting other people—unless we’re an essential worker or on our weekly grocery shopping run—or unless we’re out and wearing a mask. However, we’re likely online more and using apps like FaceTime or Duo to chat with others.
It doesn’t take much effort to be nice to yourself and others with your words.
I read the Bible each day. I love reading through the book of Proverbs. There is such wisdom there.
“The heart of the righteous studies how to answer, but the mouth of the wicked pours forth evil.” (Proverbs 15:28, NKJV)
It is so important to weigh our words that come out of our mouths. We need to motivate ourselves and each other daily.
It is vital that we apply this same principle when we interact with others on social media. Weigh the importance of your words before you tweet on Twitter or post on Facebook or any of the other social media platforms.
There is so much hate and divisiveness in the world today—especially on social media. There is so much uncertainty with life right now due to the coronavirus and what our new normal will look like, as well as with the riots and divisiveness.
Don’t be part of the problem. Be a part of the solution.
Let your life have more meaning by choosing your words wisely. Take responsibility for your actions and the words you speak. Confess daily that you are going to take responsibility for your life.
Life is not perfect. We have problems, but also great moments. Confess each day that you will accept the reality that is your life. Sure, you want to move forward from bad situations. However, you can’t live with your head in the clouds and avoid the harsh realities in life. Yet, you can read God’s Word daily and confess His promises over your life and walk by faith.
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7, NKJV)
About the Author
Joanne Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.