The Power of Words

The attributes of God revealed in Proverbs 15 include encouragement yet discipline with concern for those He loves. These are the same attributes a good father has for a child.

The wise speak with encouraging words that uplift at a timely moment but the foolish tear apart crushing all hopes. Even during frustrating moments, we should be careful what we say because the words can be taken in the wrong way.  It’s best to be more optimistic and upbeat when going through issues with the attitude that with God, it’s going to work out.

The emotional stability of the righteous will keep them on the successful path. They are slow to anger, take advice, and say what needs to be said to inspire teamwork towards accomplishment. What a person says today can lead others to achievement or be used to attack them for failure and used against them in the future.

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Father God, we’ve learned in today’s passage that words carry so much power and can either build up someone or tear them down.  We pray today that the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart will be pleasing to you. Help us to use the right words at the right time to give a lift to others in a time of need. Amen.

About Mark Shields

Mark volunteers as a member of the media ministry team at his church. A few years ago, he started an on-line Bible study guide called “This Day with God Devotional”. He uses this as a tool in his journey through the Bible. We live in a very busy world with busy schedules so this tool has helped him continue with daily Bible reading and study. Each of the studies are designed to help apply our faith in the work place, at school, or at home. Join him on this journey or check in every so often to read his thoughts.
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