I’m gonna be real with you guys for a sec. One of the things that gets me going is negativity. When other people speak negative and hurtful words to their friends, kids, siblings, or another person. Things that can’t be unsaid. Things that can hurt you. Those words stick with people, and they affect us in so many ways.
I know that my parents & family always try to surround us with positive words and positive thinking. I can’t tell you how thankful I am for a family who speaks life-giving words to us. It’s shaped us into the people we have become. It’s made us who we were meant to be, and it’s changed our whole way of thinking. Our families are the ones we’re usually always with, so it’s important to build each other up and encourage them, instead of speaking negative words to them.
Our brain takes everything we say literal, even if we don’t think it does. It’s so easy to use unconscious language and talk without thinking, which often leads to bringing others down, and saying things we don’t actually mean. If we start choosing conscious language, that can benefit us and so many people around us.
“A careless word can shape—or misshape—someone’s reality for years to come.”
Ephesians 4:29 is key –
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Philippians 4:8 says to fix our THOUGHTS on whatever is true, and honorable, and just, and pure, and lovely, and commendable, and excellent, and praiseworthy. Whatever we say is a reflection of our heart. Our actions, and words start out as thoughts, that’s why it’s so important to think before we speak. So, if our thoughts & words don’t match Philippians 4:8, then it’s probably better if we don’t say anything 😉
Building each other up, and speaking positive, life giving words to each other, even our family, is so important. Our words can either hurt or heal.