Breaktime: Finding the Right Word

Finding the Right Words

You have made us a reproach to our neighbors, the scorn and derision of those around us. Psalm 44:13

It is one thing to be in a depraved place, but for others to notice and show contempt is even worse. The neighbors now are blaming the Israelites for their condition as the words of others can do as much damage as the sword. The sword or other weapons can tear the body, but words wound the heart. The physical body can often be repaired and healed, but angry words can take much longer to reconcile in the heart.

Words have the power to tear down and build up. We are given direction in the Word of God how to use our language.

29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

We are told to keep our words from becoming distasteful but only use our words for building others up. Often others will use words which tear us down. They may see our situation and damage us with the confrontations they think are necessary. Some believe it may be their place to make sure we know how desperate our condition is and use their words to clarify the damage.

If these words are not removed from our heart, they can become bitter, and we can grow angry. When using our words, we should stop and ask ourselves, will these build up another or tear them done? Another test is asking ourselves will these words benefit those who are listening. Words should be chosen carefully, and if they are not going to empower another, our mouths should remain still. So are we using the right words for the right reasons?

Today in the Workplace

Ask someone close to you if your words benefit those who listen.