Words spoken aloud, written, or even thought can be uplifting to the speaker, listener, or reader. Words can be devastating to the speaker and listener or reader. Words are a powerful communication tool to be used wisely.

Often words in my head lead to words spoken aloud.  These words have been both divinely inspired and hurtfully judgemental, unkind, and not loving or lovely. Regretfully, it is the hurtful, unkind, hateful words that I most remember.  I venture to say the hearer also remembers them well.

I love words, always have.  Poetry creates visions in my mind that take me from the sometimes dull sameness of everyday life.  Plays in which I have acted, directed, or written, allow me to explore different viewpoints in time and space.  Books, my first love, transport me into worlds so very different from my own, yet similar in substance to the thoughts I may have or have had.

How can something like words get me into such trouble?  Yet they do!  Would that I could think my words, edit them, rehearse them, and let them go knowing those words are well thought, planned, and executed.

God, You gave us free will.  Oh, how I wish sometimes I could return that gift!  You also gave us Your Words in the Bible that teach lessons on every conceivable subject. You gave us Your only son, Jesus, that through His life we might understand what kind of person here on Earth we can be.  What more can You do?  Frustration with me, Your child, must grow exponentionally as I make the same mistakes over and over again, those words, my words,  in whatever form they take.  No matter that I am penitent after the fact!  Go and sin no more is one of the phrases that frequently convict me and my tongue!

Ephesians 4:29  Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 141:3 Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.

Ephesians 4:29-31 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, so that it will give grace to those who hear. Do not grieve the holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech always be with grace, as though seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person.


This lovely old hymn, one of the first hymns I learned to play on the piano, speaks of wonderful words.

Sing Them Over Again to Me, Wonderful Words of Life

Lyrics and Music: P.P. Bliss 1874

Sing them over again to me,
wonderful words of life;
let me more of their beauty see,
wonderful words of life;
words of life and beauty,
teach me faith and duty:

Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life;
Beautiful words, wonderful words,
wonderful words of life.

Christ, the blessed One, gives to all
wonderful words of life;
sinner, list to the loving call,
wonderful words of life;
all so freely given,
wooing us to heaven: [Refrain]

Sweetly echo the gospel call,
wonderful words of life;
offer pardon and peace to all,
wonderful words of life;
Jesus, only Savior,
sanctify forever, [Refrain]

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