#063: Watch Your Mouth: How Our Words Impact Others [Podcast]

Whether we realize it or not, our words carry enormous weight. In fact, you and I probably don’t have any tool more powerful—for good and for bad—than our words.

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A verse in the Bible that says,

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” (Ephesians 4:29, NASB)

This advice applies far beyond spiritual matters and goes straight to the heart of our leadership and our impact.

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This verse provides three characteristics of wholesome speech.

  • Characteristic #1: Wholesome words build people up.
  • Characteristic #2: Wholesome words are timely.
  • Characteristic #3: Wholesome words provide grace.

King Solomon said, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Proverbs 18:21). Every day, we are shaping reality for someone by the words that we use with them. The choice is ours.

Listener Questions

  1. Christopher Scott asked, “Do you have a Bible verse or a mantra that you repeat to yourself to control your thoughts?”
  2. Jennifer Hester asked, “Do you have a specific action that you take to keep your words in check?”
  3. Jon D. Harrison asked, “If words are only a reflection of our mindset, how much investment should we make in correcting our language?”
  4. William Stonewall Monroe asked, “How do our words affect our ability to sell ourselves?”

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