The Power of Words

The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. Proverbs 12:18

A song I’m hearing frequently on the radio right now is Words by Hawk Nelson and Bart Millard. As I listen to it, I can’t help but think of the power writers hold when we pen stories. Take a moment to listen to this song:

Writers (and readers) should comprehend the value of words. We know that a single phrase can offer encouragement or bring devastation. We know that a single word, even the seemingly innocuous the, carries tremendous meaning.

Consider this familiar passage (John 14:6): “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” Just think of the difference in meaning by substituting a for the. “I am a way, a truth, and a life …” Talk about a drastic difference.

If the simple word the can make such a difference, imagine the impact stronger words can make.

It’s a reminder to me as a writer that my words aren’t empty. What I say and what I write must be prayerfully considered and delivered, so that my words may be graciously received.

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