Growing up I always heard the term “stick and stone can break your bones but words cannot hurt you.” Well, this is not true because words do hurt and can cause deeper wounds than sticks and stones. That’s why we must be careful what we say to each other.
It’s better, however, to let our words be used to build up, encourage and edify. And if we have something negative to say let it be done constructively. Our words can have a serious impact on an individual’s life.
The Effects of Negative Words
I can remember some of the negative things that were said to me by family members, friends, and those in authority over me… e.g teacher. And I am sure you can too.
I never let any of their words define me. Instead, I prove them all wrong.
You see, negative words can cause resentment, unforgiveness and hatred.
People tend to only look at physical abuse but verbal abuse can also be very damaging to an individual.
Negative words can also affect our mental health. When a person takes the negative words spoken to them and internalizes the words into their belief systems, it can cripple that individual mentally and stop them from living up to their true potential and purpose.
Leaving them feeling as though they are not enough. Which can drive them to depression.
It is therefore very important not to believe the negative words and lies someone has spoken to you. Instead, daily affirm yourself with the word and promises of God. Surround yourself with supportive people who can build you up and encourage you.
The Importance of Affirming Others
When we affirm others we are empowering them. None of us knows what the next person is going through.
Therefore, when we speak to someone, giving them support, recognition and encouragement with our words we are inspiring them to keep going and keep doing great things.
Here are some words you can use to affirm others.
– You are beautifully and wonderfully made.
– All things are working together for your good.
– You are loved.
– You are blessed.
– You are forgiven.
– You have been redeemed by the blood of Jesus.
– You are kind and loving.
– You are faithful.
– You are strong and courageous.
– You are friendly.
– He who has begun a great work in you, will complete it.
– You are inspiring.
– You are peaceful.
– You are patient and understanding.
– You can do all things through Christ Jesus.
– You are a king and a priest.
– You are gentle.
Our words can produce life or death in an individual’s life. So let us affirm each other with our words. Let us use words of wisdom, words of support, words of encouragement and words of empowerment.
As we daily demonstrate the love of God to others with our words and with our actions.