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Every word you say will have an affect on others. Positive words will encourage and strengthen other people, but negative words will tear down and harm them. You must decide whether to speak positively or negatively. Please understand that speaking positively requires a deliberate decision, whereas speaking negatively comes easily—for it is human nature. Therefore, actively strive to speak positive and encouraging words to others.

It is no surprise that the Bible instructs us to say beneficial things about others: "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). Furthermore, Colossians 4:6 says, "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt ..." Speaking positive, uplifting words is extremely important. Indeed, Proverbs 25:11 says, "A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver."

In Psalm 19:14, David prays, "May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer." David clearly knew the importance of words, and so he prayed that he would speak words that were pleasing to God.

We must deliberately choose to speak positive words; otherwise, we will instinctively complain and be negative—for that is human nature. Thus, it is no surprise that Ecclesiastes 5:2 tells us, "Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few." Similarly, Proverbs 10:19 says, "When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise." Usually when you "hold" your tongue, you'll catch yourself before you say nasty things about others and cut them down with your words.

Lastly, it is important to understand that whatever you say is a reflection of your heart attitude. Matthew 12:34 says, "For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks" (also see Luke 6:45). In other words, your words are simply an overflow of what's in your heart. If you think poorly about others, you'll speak poorly about them. On the other hand, if you think positively about others, as the Bible instructs us to, then you'll speak positively about them.

Since words carry power, make a decision to use your words as building blocks not battering rams.

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I was approached after I preached at church yesterday about something I had said during my sermon that made the person feel as though i was speaking something negative over the congregation in a statement that I said.

I was speaking from 2 Peter 1:1-9. One of the things we are to add to our faith is brotherly kindness to other Christians. I said that we as Christians have an easier time expressing kindness to those who are not Christians because we are so close like in our own families we find it easier to show kindness to our neighbors than our family members.

I can see that by me saying this could reflect my own experience, and that it does not apply to everyone. It would have been better if I said it has been my experience that...

I do not want to use my words as a battering ram in anyones life, but want my words to edify and build up others. This seems a bit trite maybe, but not for me as a minister of the Word of God I have to make double sure that my words are in line with the truth and the Word of God.
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Absolutely right! GOD BLESS YOU!!!!!!!!
Thank you so much. I am going through a season right now. I needed this to remind myself about my own words. Again, thank you.

Dawn
There is a saying in Our language the words that leave our mouth and the weapon that leaves our hand cannot be got back. As you said many times Our words might reflect the true intentions of our heart.So let us always pray that our words, deeds, thoughts and actions in other words Our life in General be pleasing to OUR GOD.May GOD Bless You and Guide You
AMEN!!! GOOD WORD, APPRECIATED...GOD BLESS.....
Thank you for the enlightenment, Kathleen. God bless.
Thank you for reminding me this dear sister. Yes, what comes in our words overflow from our hearts. I will remember this in order to serve people not to hurt. Praise the Lord. Haleluja!!! God bless, keep and protects us all always until the end. Luv u sist. Christy Gabriel
I thankyou for uplifting me words have played a big part in my life, Life and death are in the power of words, we need to be carefull how we think and choose our words carefully, for our life is shaped by our words. for from the abundunce of the heart so the mouth speaks for "our tounge is the pen of a ready writer" Lovingkindness I give to you!!
I thank you, for showing me and reminding me of the importance of words, never put ourselves down yet to use words positively for the building up, for some time I was pulled down, now I see it how Christ sees the importance of our words, and how harmful they and it can be if not for the building up being efective. from the bottom of my heart I deeply! Thankyou!!

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