There are many reasons why I normally don’t watch the news on TV. Mostly because I know that the televised news industry is more about entertainment and ratings than it is about real journalism. As a result, the newsworthy stories are skewed to bring in viewership. However, televised news is still the most accessible and circulated coverage of current events. But, whenever a major news event occurs, your social media newsfeed becomes flooded with opinions and debates. There’s a lot to take in and process.
With so many voiced opinions, thoughts and debates on the news and on your social media feed, you may feel inundated and uncertain as to what or who to listen to. Part of the reason for that overwhelming feeling is because of the power of language. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” The language surrounding any current event in America is not always uplifting. There’s denial, slandering, unrevealed truth, gossip, uneducated conclusions and power-struggles. These words come from a place of frustration and fear (on both sides), but it does nothing to help the situation. It doesn’t of bringing vitality into the circumstance. It only results in more anger.
When you speak life into a situation, positive change can happen. My heart has been greatly encouraged by people who want to be a part of the solution or who will not tolerate the defamation of others. Maybe you don’t feel like what you say will change anything. The statement “Words have power” can sound really cliché. But there’s a deep truth to the power of language. How you talk about any issue adds to “a narrative” on that discussion and can challenge how people see that current event. It may seem small, but it can make a huge difference.
We want to encourage you to speak life into every situation – the news or your daily life. Don’t let fear and anger fuel your words, choose them carefully. There are ways to address a problem without cruelty.
Don’t speak out of opinion, but out of knowledge
Many people speak their mind expressing their opinion openly. But, to really be encouraging, you have to understand the situation to the best of your ability. Don’t just express your opinion, but express your heart through an education understanding of what’s going on in the world. By taking this approach, you’re opening up yourself to learning even more about the circumstance at hand rather than shutting people out.
Plus, the more we know God’s teachings, the more we know about truth. John 8:32 says that if we hold on to God’s teachings, “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” God’s guidance is relevant in every situation and His wisdom will liberate your heart to speak what is good and pure.
Look for the good
Jesus saw the hearts of people. There are countless stories in the gospels about how Jesus would meet someone and change their lives in an instant because He truly knew what the individual was facing. Look at things through the eyes of God, not your own view of the world. Our view is skewed and small. God’s is beautiful and monumental.
Use encouraging words
1 Thessalonians 5:11 says, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Before we can step into this reality, we must first realize that Jesus in fact died for everyone. Therefore, everyone deserves honor and respect. We may not understand them, but they are still loved by our Lord. It is our job then to build them up rather than tear them down.
Along the same lines, John 10:10 says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” Don’t take life away from the situation or the person in which you are speaking. Rather, nourish their spirit with words of love, kindness and gentleness.
Speak sweet words
Words that fill people with support and endearment are sweet and tender. Psalm 16:24 says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Pleasant words bring healing and rejuvenation. They’re fragrant and gratifying.
Please the Lord
“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.” (Psalm 19:14) The words that we speak about other people or conditions should be honoring to the Lord. We should not make Him look bad because of our speech, thoughts or opinions. If we know His word, His heart and His teachings, then we will know more entirely how to compliment His character in our verbal expression.
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To close, I’ve included some encouraging words from Martin Luther King Jr. about the power of life that’s in the tongue:
Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hatred cannot drive out hatred; only love can do that.