Days of Grace

The power of words…

The power of words…both spoken and written!

How often have I said something then regretted?… lost count 😦   How often have I written something then wished for them not be read?…lost count too!

Words…a simple 5 letter word but can bring tremendous destruction, hurt to whoever purposed for, be they spoken or written. (Worst is nothing can be done to take them back.) Overtime, we may be forgiven for uttering/hurling/writing words not carefully chosen but the pain inflicted with those words doesn’t heal as quickly as the forgiveness asked for or doesn’t heal at all even with a thousand apologies.

I too am guilty of such and have been at both ends and definitely know how it’s like. I am learning to keep quiet when I am angry, hurt or even in a bad mood and only say what needed to be said when in a more controlled mode 😛 (but at times still fail 😦 )   Even in normal conversation or writing with no malicious intend, wrong of choice of words or attitude at point of delivery too can cause discomfort or pain.

On the other hand, we have the capability to use words to encourage, comfort, bring a smile and laughter and so much more in a positive way.  In God’s Word, we are reminded too, to control how we use our tongue.

Let’s remember that we can build a person or tear a person with just words.  We aren’t perfect…bound to hurt someone sometime or other, let’s just put in extra effort to be conscious of the choice of words.


4 February, 2009 - Posted by | Life, Thoughts | ,


  1. I enjoyed reading your post.
    Words of encouragement and comfort arre so much more rewarding than saying things that upset and insult, and we have to always try and make a concious effort to be pleasant.
    On the other hand, we’re only human. If we slip up and say something which may be offensive to someone, an apology is all that is needed. “Eating ourselves up” about it, is of no benefit to anyone.

    nancy said: Hi!…thank you for dropping by!
    Its not so much of ‘eating ourselves up’…yes, we just got make a conscious effort in selection of words.

    Comment by pastfirst | 4 February, 2009 | Reply

  2. I agree. Sometimes keeping quiet and controlling our tongue will be much better than blurting out something we will regret later.

    nancy said: Yup…like ‘slow to speak’ 🙂

    Comment by Adino | 5 February, 2009 | Reply

  3. Definately agree with you….it takes greater effort to keep silent and control the tongue then to speak out.

    nancy said: Sure does 😀

    Comment by blossomteoh | 5 February, 2009 | Reply

  4. yup.. true..
    sometimes those words can leave a deep and longlasting impact…

    nancy said: Yes…I guess most of us has been at both ends ya.

    Comment by ensl | 8 February, 2009 | Reply

  5. Well said.

    nancy said: Thank you, Ps Lim 🙂

    Comment by Pastor Lim | 10 February, 2009 | Reply

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