The Power to Curse with Words

lightstock_322583_download_medium_angela_The Pow­er of Words part two!

Words have pow­er. That is why it is so impor­tant to active­ly and con­tin­u­al­ly increase our vocab­u­lary so that we have the abil­i­ty to com­mu­ni­cate clear­ly and pre­cise­ly. Anoth­er fac­tor in look­ing at words is to con­sid­er our choice of words. We have the abil­i­ty to curse anoth­er human being with the words that pass our lips.

James 3:8–10 says,

But no one can tame the tongue; it is a rest­less evil and full of dead­ly poi­son. With it we bless our Lord and Father; and with it we curse men, who have been made in the image of God; from the same mouth come both bless­ings and curs­ing. My brethren, the­se things ought not to be this way.

I think we can all agree that we can just as eas­i­ly speak ill of anoth­er and then speak good in the next breath. What about those clos­est to you? How often have we said a rash word of con­dem­na­tion?

There are the obvi­ous ones. “You are a fail­ure.” “You are a dis­ap­point­ment.” “You will nev­er amount to any­thing.” “Every­thing you touch breaks.” “Can you get any­thing right?”

You get the idea.

What about words spo­ken in jest? Those pet names and jokes spo­ken with a smile and laugh­ter. It was a joke, right? “Loser!” as one puts the L sign to the fore­head. Pet names can cut deeply to the core of anoth­er per­son even as they try to laugh it off to save face.

Words have the pow­er to cut and slash the inside of a per­son. Even words spo­ken in jest. Words are a seed plant­ed inside our hearts. What you plant will grow.

Take some time to lis­ten to the words that are spo­ken by those clos­est to you. Sit and lis­ten to how your kids talk to each oth­er. How are you speak­ing to your kids? If the words com­ing out of your mouth are neg­a­tive in nature, it is not fun­ny. It is not a joke.

Often we curse those we care about with our words because we are mak­ing a joke at their expense. If the words you are speak­ing are neg­a­tive, I chal­lenge you to clamp your mouth shut and say noth­ing. Ask your­self, “Is the word I’m using going to lift up the oth­er per­son or is it going to tear them down?” It is bet­ter to be silent than to speak a curse on anoth­er.


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