The Power of Words – part 4

I hope you readers have been enriched and gleaned something fresh as we investigated what the Bible has to say about words. With this being the final part of the series, let’s take a moment to recap. In part one we considered the purity of God and His word, in part two we uncovered the debasing effect negative words have, and in part three we learned from King Solomon’s use of contrasting words.

Now we are going to look at some Proverbs that address the good or positive use of words. I chose somewhat atypical translations, due to the vivid imagery provided for each scripture quotation. My hope is to underscore the prominent theme. The emphasis added is mine.

“Worry weighs us down; a cheerful word picks us up” (Proverbs 12:25, MSG).

“Congenial conversation—what a pleasure! The right word at the right time—beautiful” (Proverbs 15:23, MSG).

Pleasant words are pure (Proverbs 15:26b, CSB).

Gracious speech is like clover honey—good taste to the soul, quick energy for the body” (Proverbs 16:24, MSG).

The right word spoken at the right time is as beautiful as gold apples in a silver bowl” (Proverbs 25:11, ICB).

Closing Thoughts
Let’s wrap up this devotional by looking at some additional wisdom from King Solomon. “The Teacher looked for just the right words. He wrote teachings that are dependable and true” (Ecclesiastes 12:10, ICB). Fellow bloggers this is reliable advice for us to heed.

Readers imagine the ripple effect you can have if you look for just the right words before uttering a sound to each person, created in the image of Almighty God. That’s a powerful way to use words! Words that encourage or comfort, offer hope, bring peace, give light, present wisdom and heal soul wounds.

Words contain power. Go use your God-given super power to start a ripple of good somewhere today.

Prayer
Father God, thank You for revealing the power words contain. Restrain my tongue from causing evil or harm. Give me just the right words at the right moment, words that breathe life into others. Use my words to be light in the midst of darkness. In the strong name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.


About Manette

I am a follower of Jesus Christ, grandmother, great-grandmother, foster care parent, and trauma survivor. I enjoy sipping tea, writing devotionals, prayers, short stories, and unburdening my heart to the Lord. Check the About section if you want to read more of my story.


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9 thoughts on “The Power of Words – part 4

  1. Very relevant recap of the previous parts of the series. Words are powerful and we should always be aware of the bad effects of negative words and be aware of what we say not to contrast or contradict ourselves.

    Amen to the prayer. And may our words be a blessings to ourselves and others. May they be empowering words

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  2. I pray often for the right words. Sometimes I will change a piece of a blog that’s outdated just in case it gets read by someone. Perhaps the comments are a clue that my words were taken wrong or perhaps a thought not caught.
    Thanks Manette

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