Words spoken have so much power

I read one chapter of Proverbs each day as part of my Bible reading plan. There are 31 chapters in the book of Proverbs so I get through the book every month. I have been doing this for about 40 years so that is quite a few trips through this book, but every day I see something that seems brand new to me in its emphasis. Proverbs is a book of cause and effect, that is, “if you do this, than this is going to happen”. There are about 10 major areas that are the emphasis in the book of Proverbs, certain areas of life that are repeated often. In reading these major areas of life it seems that what were problems 3,000 years ago are still the big problems today. One of these areas is the amazing power of the words we speak to do good, to build up, to encourage, to communicate love, to change another person’s life, and to bless God. They also have the power to do the opposite, to cause great pain, to destroy others, and to destroy our own life. Proverbs 29:20 says, “Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.” Because our words do have so much power for both good and evil we should be careful, and thoughtful concerning what we say to people, and we should be constantly thinking about and reflecting on our skill level in the use of words. My personal mission statement in speaking is, “I will thoughtfully use words as an artist uses brush strokes to create amazing beauty. I will practice, evaluate, and learn, constantly pursuing greater skill as a great artist.”

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