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Words Are Like Boomerangs

Updated on September 5, 2017
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Rev. Margaret Minnicks loves writing interesting things and sharing her writing with others.

"But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned." -- Matthew 12:36-37

Oftentimes we impose curses upon ourselves by what we say. The words we speak are like boomerangs — they come flying right back to strike us.

Maybe you have a bad habit of speaking words that are critical. Vain or evil words are displeasing to God for they are good for nothing for the following reasons.

  • They do not edify.
  • They do not build up the body of Christ.
  • They do not comfort.
  • They do not cheer.
  • They do not lift others up.

Instead, vain, idle, or evil words tear people down; they destroy, they harm; and they hurt. God will acquit us or condemn us by every word and every thought that we have. That’s why we should pray like David, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to thee, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.”

Words That Bring Self-Imposed Curses

When you are critical of yourself, you invite self-imposed curses. Self-imposed causes result when you say, “I can’t learn.” “I don’t have. . .” “I’ll never do anything great . . .” When you say those things you close the possibility. Replace the negative words you speak with positive words to get positive results. Say to that mountain, move and be cast into the sea.

Instead of saying, “ I am sick,” let’s say, “By His stripes, I am healed. Instead of saying, “ I am afraid,” let’s say, God has not given me the spirit of fear but of power, and of love and of a sound mind.”

Instead of saying, “ I don’t have any money,” let’s say, God’s got it. God is our source and He shall supply all my need according to His riches in glory.”

Instead of saying, “ I am nothing. I am nobody,” let’s say, “I am a Child of God of righteousness in Christ.” Let’s say, I am a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. Instead of saying, “ I don’t have any friends,” let’s say, “Jesus will stick closer to me than a brother.”

Instead of saying, “ I have so many enemies,” let’s say, “God will make my enemies my footstool.”

Did you know that Jesus never said anything bad about Himself? And even when others said things about Him, He counteracted it with something positive. For example, when the Pharisees called Him a bastard, He said, “I know who my Father is.” We, too, should learn to turn negative things that people say about us into positive words.

Steps To Take If You Say The Wrong Thing

  1. Repent by using the same mouth that got you in trouble in the first place. You need to acknowledge that you have made a wrong confession.
  2. Revoke. You must revoke it the best way you can. You cannot actually unsay it, but what you can do is to cancel it out of your mind.
  3. Replace. You must replace your previous negative confession with a positive one.

These three steps done in faith can release us from the tangle of the words we have spoken. In summary, life and death are in the power of the tongue. Let’s stop being so critical of one another. Let's stop cursing ourselves with our words. Let’s watch what we say.

We should always pray like David, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer.” -- Psalm 19:14

Are you careful with the words you speak?

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    • revmjm profile image

      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dave, you are so right! I often pray that God would put a guard over my mouth when I am with certain people. Sometimes people will say things that will provoke us to respond in a way that is not pleasing to God.

      May all of our words come back as good boomerangs that will help and heal us instead of hurting and harming us.

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Time and time again I have witnessed my words as well as the words of others come back to bite them where the sun don't shine. God has a way of showing us our mistakes in this manner.

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      Margaret Minnicks 6 years ago from Richmond, VA

      Dr. Wendy, Actually I split up one sermon to make two articles. I usually check the Hub Metrics to find the word count. If the article is too long, I make two hubs out of it. For example, this article is 815 words. Then I make a link to the companion article. Do you know how to use the Hub Metrics?

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      Dr. Wendy 6 years ago from Kentucky

      Another great "word" hub! And so very true.