The Power of Words

jon.seale —  January 7, 2012

As a kid we used to say “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. What a bunch of hogwash. The truth is that the bruises and broken bones have long since healed, and the things that take the longest to heal are things people have said to me. In fact, some of the biggest hurts in my life have been things people have said. I became very skilled at using words not only to defend myself, but to verbally destroy anyone who hurt me. I was quick with an insult, veiled in witticism or sarcasm, but cutting to the quick. Luke 6:45 says “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” So, what’s in your heart comes out of your mouth. That certainly was true of me, I was full of hurt and anger, and that’s what came out of my mouth.

Our words have tremendous power. God created the earth and everything in it with His words. God created US with his words too. In Genesis 1:26 God said “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness”. Proverbs 18:21 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit”.
So, I began thinking about my words, now that I’ve grown up in God, and now that I’ve let Him take charge of me. What are my words like? What am I saying? I remembered a website I visited a few years ago which creates ‘tag clouds’ from words that you enter. The site can be found at So, I took the last several emails I’ve sent to Loralea, 15 or so, and put all those words into this application to see what the result was. To be completely fair, after seeing the results, I did some editing, I removed some references to all the work that she and I have been doing on her new blog. I did leave in the full text of an apology that I wrote to her after we got into a rather heated argument a week or so ago. So, I think that this is reflective of how I’ve been talking and what my words have been over the past few weeks.
What do your words say about you?