Words are powerful things. As we travel through this political season, I’ve seen many people who have posted in social media both positive and negative opinions concerning candidates running for office. While some have positions I agree with (and some I disagree), the way they say certain things make me cringe. We forget that sometimes the short posts we make are the only criteria people have by which to judge us.
It is said that many of us use around ten thousand words a day, yet just a few of these words can display so much about us. In an age where words seemingly spill our of us onto social networks, in casual conversation, in texts, and in the content we create and share with the word, it is important that we give enough forethought to what we say.
A simple choice of a single word can make the difference between someone accepting or denying our message. You may have a very beautiful and informative thing to say, but if you say it in the wrong words, it’s effect is lost. Words have power. Words are power. Words could be your power. Are you choosing the right words?
The words you use, whether verbally or in writing can influence how others perceive you. They factor into decisions people will make about you. They can build—or destroy—your relationships.
As Christians, we must control our tongues. That does not prohibit us from having opinions or even expressing those opinions—but it does mean that we must season our words in ways that don’t hinder our influence in Christ. Before you post something or say it, remember the acrostic T.H.I.N.K.
Is it True?
Is it Helpful?
Does it Inspire to greatness?
Is it Necessary?
Is It Kind?