Are you paying attention to what words you are saying and what words you are receiving into your spirit?
Words reflect the thoughts and emotions of the speaker because every word was first a thought and an emotion. They are electro magnetic forces that cause real and lasting change both in the ears of the listener and you. And words really do cause pain. Researchers have shown that hurt feelings from words affect the same area in the brain – the cingulate gyrus – as a broken bone or physical injury. So the old Scottish nursery rhyme of “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never harm me” is most certainly not true.
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Experts have also found that loving words help heal and rewire this pain. Words are the symbolic output of the exceptional processes happening on micro anatomical, epigenetic and genetic levels in the brain. They contain power to make or break you, your loved ones, your colleagues and your friends.
Are there words that have been spoken over you that have taken root and started blocking your gift? Perhaps you took an IQ test when you were younger and you were told you were average, but your brother or sister was above average. And this followed you into school and life. Or maybe you overheard someone say something about you, and you received that word into your spirit and made it part of you – the toxic words became toxic seeds.
Although we can’t be sure of the words that will be spoken over us in the future, we can choose to accept them as a part of who we are or not. We also can choose forgiveness and to walk in love, rather than fear which is the root of unforgiveness and bitterness.
Finally, in the words we speak to others in these coming weeks, we need to be reminded of Ephesians 4:29: “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.” (NIV)
This article is reposted with permission by Dr. Caroline Leaf.