Thursday, May 5, 2011

Building up or breaking down?

Are we aware of how powerful our words are?

Studies have shown that in the average home, for every positive statement, a child receives ten negative statements. The school environment is only slightly better; students hear seven negative statements from their teachers for every one positive statement. No wonder so many children are growing up feeling they are losers. Parents and teachers are conveying that perception every day in how they talk to their children.
If we could memorize just one verse from the New Testament, put it into practice and never violate it, I believe we would resolve many of the problems in our homes, churches and the world.

The verse is Ephesians 4:29.
Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear. Isn't it amazing that you and I have the power to give grace to others through the proper use of our words? If we never put people down, and only built up others as Ephesians 4:29 commands, we would be part of God's construction crew in the church instead of members of Satan's wrecking crew.

Source: Crosswalk daily in Christ


  1. It is so true. It is even true for people who have animals but not children. An angry tone of voice can be as destructive as an angry word.
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

  2. Looks like they're taking off in flight, just like our youth should do with positive reinforcement. Great post Jo. Blessings.

  3. Wise words, Jo. So important in raising children, and also in getting along with others. I try to be part of the construction crew.

  4. SO Beautiful Jo....beautiful!

  5. Thanks - we need to be remind of this and practice it till we live it...

  6. Thanks for this reminder, Jo, to use our words to build up rather than to tear down. I think sometimes people tear others down with their words in order to build themselves up, make themselves feel important. Ironically, others think less of the person who is tearing someone down.


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