I often process my day on the phone with best friend while I am driving home from work. We don’t get to chat as often now that I am no longer single, and she is no longer childless. But, we try to steal pockets of time when we can.
Every once in a while one of us will have a meltdown. By meltdown, I mean there is either a sea of tears or a spit fire of angry words. I reserve this for conversations with Barby in hopes of sparing Bruce from having to experience my crazy side.
Nothing gets me more angry than negativity. Wounded people delight in stabbing you with their words, and sadly, this happens in my life often.
Words have power.
I’ve learned I don’t have to react in pain. I can choose to respond with love and grace. I can fight the ugly.
5 Ways to Speak Life
- Validate: Take time to verbally note another’s character. Declare their worth. Kill them with kindness. (Hebrews 3:13; Ephesians 1:15-23; II Thessalonians 2:13-17).
- Celebrate: Rather than compare and criticize, let’s cheer for each other and champion another’s success (I Thessalonians 5:11; Hebrews 10:23-25; Philippians 2:3-4).
- Encourage: Rather than use the Word of God as a weapon of condemnation, let’s refresh others with timely wisdom that gladdens the heart (Proverbs 15: 23 & 16:24).
- Forgive: Remember you have an enemy, but it’s not the broken person standing before you. As we let go of our hurt, the shackles of bitterness fall, and we are free to love and extend grace (Ephesians 4:29-31; Colossians 3:12-17).
- Restore: Pursue peace with your words. Seek to rescue the hurting (II Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 12:14-15).
Rather than undermine each other, let’s purpose to uplift with our words.
Something to think about…
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