The Weight of our Words

Words have a power all their own

There’s something about the things people say to us that have a strong impact on us. On top of that, the negative things said to us have an even stronger impact. There are, unfortunately, people out there who will use their words to hurt others. We have to learn how to deal with hurtful words and how to make sure we don’t use our words to hurt others.

When people speak negatively about us, we (sadly) usually take them to heart, even though these things are hardly ever true. A lot of times, we even begin to define ourselves with these negative things people say about us. We need to be aware that words are powerful; just because someone says something about you doesn’t mean it’s true.

Of course, there’s a difference between words said in spite and words, though they sound negative, said in love. It shouldn’t be hard to tell between them, though. When things are said in love, we can sometimes evaluate ourselves with them. But words said in spite are rarely true and intended to hurt us.

In the end, it’s up to us to go to God with whatever is hurting us. He can give you strength when the world is weighing you down.

Speech Bubble

Speech Bubble (Photo credit: Vectorportal)

Now, on the other hand, we sometimes are the ones that hurt others. In anger we might say something hurtful. Or, having been hurt ourselves, we feel the need to hurt others. The thing to remember is that, whatever you say, you cannot take it back. The words, good or bad, have taken their effect. It is so important to not only be careful of what we say, but to use our words to encourage others.

If you have time, listen to Hero by Superchick.

Take the time to use your words to encourage others. Make the effort to guard your words so that you don’t hurt others. It can make a bigger impact than you will ever realize.


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5 thoughts on “The Weight of our Words

  1. Your words are so true. We have power to either lift up or tear down someone with the words that we speak. As it says in Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” But as you also said; we cannot allow someone’s words define who we are, because as Ephesians 1 says that “before God even made the world; He chose to adopt us into His family. He calls us His holy people, who are His rich and glorious inheritance.” Great post! I love to see young adults that are not ashamed to stand up for and share with others what they believe in. May God continue to bless everything that your hands touch, in Jesus name, amen. Sheri Haskins : )


    • Thank you for your input and the encouragement, Sheri! Words are such an incredible tool that can be used to show God’s love to others; sadly, it’s just so easy to use them to hurt those around us. God bless you! 🙂


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  3. I listened to that song, it has very powerful words. You’re right about it being wise to ignore words intended to hurt, the intention behind them perverts reality, they do not accurately represent the truth about people.

    Great post. 🙂


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