Thursday, October 12, 2006

Notes: The Power of Words

For many, the use of words in speech and text happens without a thought to the implications thereof, especially is social or casual environments. Professionally and academically, sufficient effort is supplied to proof reading and peer review to make sure the words express exactly what is intended.
Words are powerful - perhaps more powerful than we may realize.
  • Taming the tongue is vital to complete self control. A reckless tongue can corrupt a whole person. The tongue is full of poison; no man can tame it. (Jas. 3:1-12).
  • Words have the power of life and death. (Prov. 18:21).
  • Words have the power to do good - well-considered words are 'life to the soul' (Prov. 16:24).
  • Words have the power to do harm - inconsiderate words 'pierce like a sword' (Prov. 12:18) and careless talk like 'a sharpened razor' (Ps. 52:2).
Proper use of words requires some skill, especially in situations where admonition, correction, or contructive criticism are required. When directed to loved ones in that context, they are not intended to do harm because 'wounds from a friend can be trusted' (Prov. 27:6). Such use encourages growth and renewal, even if it might involve some pain. (2 Cor. 7:10).
Be careful how you communcate with people ... words can make or break, even when that's not the intent.

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