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Is There Really Power In Our Words?


August 28, 2014 by Jen Cudmore


Recently God challenged me to pay close attention to what comes out of my mouth. Here are some things I’ve been pondering:

1) Are my words uplifting and encouraging? Full of hope and life? Do I promote freedom and peace?

OR Am I more negative, speaking with despair, criticism, judgement, or complaint?

2) Do I speak positive things over my life and other people? Does blessing flow throughout my speech?

OR Do I curse myself and others by saying words that tear down and create bondage?

3) Do I humble myself, as Scripture commands? Am I trying to please God with my words?

OR Do I promote myself and seek to make myself look good? Am I trying to impress others and win their approval?

4) Am I grateful for the good in my life, despite the bad?

OR Do I complain and focus on all that has gone wrong?

5) Am I careful with my words? Do I think through all I want to say and speak with purpose?

OR Do I speak whatever comes to mind, careless words without wisdom?


Our conversation matters to God. It’s our choice to speak life rather than death.

I’ve got some work to do! What about you?


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  1. Evan Swensen says:

    Truer words were never spoken. A good companion to the scripture is Matthew 15: 16-20 including, “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.”

  2. Hi Jen –

    Excellent post! I listened to a CD on this subject this morning.

    Many recognize the importance of speaking positive, uplifting words to their children, but then speak all sorts of negative things about themselves. I’m not talking about bragging in either case, but speaking what God says about ourselves and others.

    Susan 🙂

  3. Anita says:

    Amen for your BLOG Jen. An absolute truth written. I notice the times I fail miserably – just by the feeling that erupts as the words leave my mouth. I have often prayed about this and now thankfully the Spirit within me guides me in moments of weakness. That doesn’t mean I don’t trip up – but am so much more AWARE!!

    A couple of non-biblical statements ( helpful ones at that) A dear friend always used to say – “Say what you mean and mean what you say, and DON’T be MEAN!! ” And if people matter, well, you certainly won’t want to be hurtful.

    And my darling grandmother ” If you can’t say anything worthy or nice – stay silent”. I tried instilling that concept into my children too… and I must say, they are very loving and caring adults with children of their own teaching those same values.

    Thnaks once again for a great message of love Jen. Have a great week.

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