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The Power of Words - Part 2

I recently shared about the Power of Words (link here) and why they matter. I have seen over and over again, and personally experienced, how the right word use can change the atmosphere in a room, start a disagreement, restore relationships or heal hurts. 

Last time we looked at words, we looked through the whole Bible. This time, let’s take a look at Proverbs, one of the Wisdom books in the Word, to see what God has to say there about words and how they can impact us in every area of our lives, including our workplaces..

10 Verses In Proverbs To Reminds Us About The Power of Our Words:

As I took a closer look at the verses I discovered there, I saw three verses which spoke about

Life, Health & Blessing:

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)
Like cold water to a thirsty soul, so is good news from a far country. (Proverbs 25:15)
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body. (Proverbs 16:24)

There were seven verses which included a warning over careless words, or contrasted between a warning and a blessing.

Warnings & Contrasts:

Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!” (Proverbs 26:18)
There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21)
A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. (Proverbs 15:4)
Whoever guards his mouth preserves his life; he who opens wide his lips comes to ruin. (Proverbs 13:3)
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. (Proverbs 15:1)
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. (Proverbs 21:23)

And there is one more verse in Proverbs which is on the top of my list as a Christian woman in the workplace, out of which all our word choices should flow:

She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue. (Proverbs 31:26)

Taking This to God in Prayer:

God, thank You for Your Word, and the warnings and blessings it contains for those who follow You and seek to live in the ways which honor both You and others. Help me to listen for Your voice, and to put Your words into practice in my life. May the words I speak be kind, true, wise, blessing, encouragement or direction as You prompt me accordingly. In each situation where I look to Your guidance. In Jesus’ Name and with Holy Spirit power I pray, Amen.

May we become more aware of our word choices as we aim to become more like You in our workplaces, as Your daughters.

Karla, Christian Women at Work

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