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Sunday 20 January 2019
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The Power of a Tongue

‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.’ This is one of my favourite verses in the Bible and as much as I like it I believe that we could all learn something from it. Looking beyond the religious overtones, there is a message to be found in this for everyone that everything begins with a word.

People fail because of something said. Our tongues are very strong and in that regard can be weapons of destruction. A tongue can kill relationships, families, careers, hopes and friendships. But people also live because of something said. The Bible says that the tongue can be a tree of life. Tongues can make relationships sweet, families strong and success possible. It all depends on how you use it. Whatever word you utter has an impact on someone. Saying a thing like “you won’t make it”, “that child is stupid”, or “I cannot do these” can really turn out just how you said it.

Words are the creator of our universe, our lives and our reality. This is something that we have been taught in the Bible at the very beginning of creation when God said “let there be light”, there was light. I am sure most of us don’t really have cognizance of the power that the words we utter have. We cause calamity upon ourselves without really noticing or realizing that what we say has an impact on our or other people’s lives.

I was always cautioned to never pronounce negative words upon myself but I never really took it seriously until I listened to a discussion that really sparked my interest and has changed me so to say. Sometimes we utter words jokingly but they can actually have an impact on our lives or other people’s for that matter. Therefore it is really important that whatever joke we make it should at least be positive.

Most of the times you will hear people saying negative words about themselves or other people or situations and it is really important that we take cognitive sense of our negative self-talk and transform it into positive statements.

I understand that sometimes people say words out of fear, the fear that you are not good enough or fear that you are doing the wrong thing. So the next time you open your mouth to complain or put yourself or others down, ask yourself ‘why am I about to say this? And how is this going to serve me, my happiness, my success or theirs?

It is normal that we all say self-defeating and/or negative things to ourselves and at the same time wish that it could all change. Well, just so you know it can change and the best way to overcome this negative self-talk is by creating affirmations out of those negative beliefs.

It would be nice if we choose our words bravely, consciously and lovingly. Always speak from a place of love, for yourself, for your life and for others. Your words equal your world, so use them wisely and be the kind of person whose mouth is full of life. Be slow to speak and make your mouth a fountain of life.
So what will come out of your mouth today, sword thrusts or goodwill?

Womandla!




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