When my words have power

Proverbs 16:24

My words have power.

When I speak out of hurt. When I speak out of defensiveness. When I speak without thought for what I am saying and who is listening. My words have power.

The power to wound.

Like tiny barbed hooks my words catch and tear at another’s heart.

But when I speak out of love. When I speak out of gentleness. When I speak out of grace. When I speak encouragement.

Then my words have the power to heal.

Gracious words are life-giving, filled with blessing.

May I be the bearer of blessing for those who hear my words today.

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