Last updated on July 28th, 2022 at 11:14 am
The saying “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is dead wrong. Words do hurt.
As a child I was a victim of verbal abuse. Every ill word said to me by a loved one was like a stone thrown at my heart. It took me years and years as an adult to heal the wounds ill-spoken words caused.
Yet even though I personally know the damage words can do, I am far from perfect in my speech to others. I too have slung words that I wish I could retrieve.
I reread the book of Proverbs recently and verse upon verse about the power of our words kept jumping off the page.
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When I was scrolling through pictures for backgrounds for these 10 Bible verses on the power of words I am sharing with you below, I came across the picture I had taken of polished stones at a gift shop and knew immediately the background for these verses on words had to be stones.
Our words are stones. We are nothing but stone-throwers with each word we speak.
If our words contain beauty, people treasure them.
If our words contain pain, people toss them aside–but not until after they have had to deal with the wound the words caused.
Like the stones in these pictures are hand-selected by buyers, we get to choose our words. Which ones will you choose?
10 Bible Verses On The Power Of Our Words
Proverbs 11:9 “Evil words destroy; Godly skill rebuilds.” (TLB)
Proverbs 11:12 “It is foolish to belittle one’s neighbor; a sensible person keeps quiet.” (NLT)
Proverbs 11:17 “Your own soul is nourished when you are kind; it is destroyed when you are cruel.” (TLB)
Proverbs 15: 1 “A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up.” (GNT)
Proverbs 15:4 “Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim.” (MSG)
Proverbs 16:24 “Kind words are like honey. They are sweet to the spirit and bring healing to the body.” (NIRV)
Proverbs 18:4 “A person’s words can be a source of wisdom, deep as the ocean, fresh as a flowing stream.” (GNT)
Proverbs 18:20 “Good words satisfy like a fine meal; yes, good conversations are sure to satisfy.” (VOICE)
Proverbs 20:15 “Wise words are more valuable than gold and many rubies.” (NLT)
Proverbs 25:18 “Telling lies about friends is like attacking them with clubs and swords and sharp arrows.” (CEV)
If you love studying Bible verses by topic, you may like this book. I keep a copy of it by my bedside and read a section of it each night before bed.
More Bible Verses On The Power Of The Tongue
Proverbs 26:20 “Fire goes out without wood, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.” (NLT)
Proverbs 19:5 “A false witness will not go unpunished, nor will a liar escape.” (NLT)
Ephesians 4:29 “Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.” (NLT)
Matthew 12:36 “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak,” (ESV)
Proverbs 21:23 “Whoso keepeth his mouth and his tongue keepeth his soul from troubles.” (KJV)
James 3:2-5 ” For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!” (ESV)
Psalm 141:3 “Take control of what I say, O Lord, and guard my lips.” (NLT)
1 Peter 3:10 ” For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile. (King James Version)
Proverbs 15:26 “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD, but gracious words are pure.” (ESV)
Psalm 19:14 “Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer. (KJV)
James 1:26 “If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. (KJV)
James 3:6-7 “The tongue is also a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body, sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and it is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (NIV)
James 3:10-12 “Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren these things ought not to be so. Does a spring send forth fresh water and bitter from the same opening? Can a fig tree, my brethren, bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Thus no spring bears both salt water and fresh.” (NKJV)
Proverbs 6: 16-19 “There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers.” (ESV)
Proverbs 12:18 “There is that speaketh like piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise is health.” (KJV)
Psalm 119:171 “Let praise flow from my lips, for you have taught me your decrees.” (NLT)
Psalm 39:1 “I said, ‘I will guard my ways, that I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth with a muzzle, so long as the wicked are in my presence.’ ” (ESV)
Ecclesiastes 5:2 “Be not rash with your mouth, nor let your heart be hasty to utter a word before God, for God is in heaven and you are on earth. Therefore let your words be few.” (ESV)
Proverbs 17:20 “The crooked heart will not prosper; the lying tongue tumbles into trouble.” (NLT)
Colossians 3:8 “But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.” (ESV)
Simple Ways To Sprinkle Scripture On Words Throughout Your Home
A magnetic whiteboard placed in the entranceway to your home is handy for more than notes–use it to put a scripture where you will see it every day as you enter and leave your home.
3. Felt Board
4. Printables on a Clipboard
It doesn’t take long to open up your word processing program, type out a Bible verse on love, and create a black and white printable with it. All you need to do is play around with the fonts and spacing until you like what you see.
5. Removable Wall Decals
Amazon sells several different removable wall decals that contain scriptures.
6. Use Your Creativity To Create Wall Hangings And More
If you have a Cricut, then the ideas for where you can place scripture are endless. You can put verses on t-shirts, walls, glassware, binders, cups and so much more with one of these machines.
Of course, you can place scripture around your home using other art mediums including hand-lettering on canvas, paper, or wood.
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