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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