Proverbs 15: 4
A gentle tongue (with its healing power) is a tree of life, but willful contrariness in it breaks down the spirit. AMP
Have you ever thought about how powerful words can be? You can use them to either build up or tear down others.
The Bible specifically gives instruction that whichever way you decide to use words will have certain consequences. It is easy to think you can get by with saying bad things because the consequences usually don’t come right away. We would probably all be much more careful about what we say if we felt the immediate results of our actions.
A person who has developed a very negative attitude wasn’t usually born that way. Satan is always on the lookout for the tiniest of openings where he can affect your life. If he can win in one small area, he knows he has a chance of dragging you down. He will start small, but if you give in he will progress to bigger and bigger things until he has control over a huge area; then he will break down your spirit.
How do you feel at the end of a day where you have said good things, had good thoughts, and practiced doing good things? It will certainly be much better than when you don’t make it a habit to practice those things.
Negative talk affects your spirit greatly. It doesn’t take much of it before you get in a bad mood; then you start to take it out on others, who wonder what they have done that would make you be ill towards them.
You always have a choice as to the words that come out of your mouth. You truly can make your life better by speaking good words. It will be health to your very being.
If you have started to become negative, make it a point to watch what you say for one week. At the end of a week, compare it to the previous weeks and see which way you would prefer to live on a daily basis.
With God’s help you can control your tongue and keep it from speaking negative things.
In order to stay on the right track, have a plan of action for when you start to slip back into your negative ways. As soon as you become aware of it, force yourself to get into a better frame of mind. Tell yourself that you don’t have to continue in this way. It is amazing how having a plan of action beforehand can help you stay on the right track.
You can’t control things that happen, but you can control how you respond to those things. Making the right choice ultimately will mean a more peaceful life, which means less stress and better health.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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