What does it mean to “speak life” to someone? This is what we discussed at The Well last Monday.
Speaking life means to bring hope, positivity, and encouragement to someone. We use words that uplift and inspire. The opposite of speaking life would be to “speak death”. We use words filled with hurt, deceit, disrespect, and negativity.
In every encounter we have with someone, we are faced with the decision to speak life or speak death. Words are powerful and can leave a lasting impression–good and bad. I am sure all of you can think of things people have said to you that have left deep scars and still make you sad. Or, things people have said to you that have stood out and made you feel awesome!
Now, this doesn’t mean we need to be perfect and eloquent in what we say all the time. That is probably next to impossible. We are human, after all, and we say things we regret or wish we hadn’t later on. It happens, and that’s okay. But, recognizing when we did hurt someone and then owning up to it is part of speaking life too.
The words you speak, whether to a friend or stranger, have the power to change lives! Isn’t that incredible?!! Maybe it’s just me 🙂 You never know when your words can have a profound effect on someone…and you may never know for the rest of your life!
So, the next time you’re in an argument with a sibling, or feeling the need to talk back to your parents (I know none of you ever do that!), or are tempted to be part of the gossip mill with your friends, think about how your words will impact the other person(s)!
If you want, share something that was said to you that really made a positive impact on your life!