The Power of Words

By   •   September 17   •   Topics: ,

There is a story of a woman in England who came to her vicar with a troubled conscience. The vicar knew her to be a habitual gossip—she had maligned nearly everyone in the village. “How can I make amends?” she pleaded. The vicar said, “If you want to make peace with your conscience, take a bag of goose feathers and drop one on the porch of each one you have slandered.” When she had done so, she came back to the vicar and said, “Is that all?” “No,” said the wise old minister, “you must go now and gather up every feather and bring them all back to me.” After a long time the woman returned without a single feather. “The wind has blown them all away,” she said. “My good woman,” said the vicar, “so it is with gossip. Unkind words are easily dropped, but we can never take them back again.”

Audio: Billy Graham preaches on the sins of the tongue.

Prayer for the day

Might my words about another be ones that are spoken in the spirit of Your loving kindness, Father.

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  1. Linda Glasgow says:

    Please pray for me. My mouth has driven everyone away from me. I have said very hurtful things to people. I don’t even mean what I’m saying when I lash out at people. I’m sorry after I get angry. I will apologize. But they get tired of hearing that I’m sorry. Please pray for me to have self-control and not take my problems out on someone else. Thank you.

  2. Deborah says:

    I have empathy for you sister. The Lord has released me from bondage from a controlling, verbally & mentally husband. He proclaimed to be a Christian. After 13 1/2 years of this horrible treatment in our marriage, our divorce will be finalized in a few weeks. Thank God! Leave now. Get an order of protection when you get to a shelter with your son or where you will be safe & protected. God has spoken. Listen to Him. Go soon & fast. And, please don’t take him back or look back. Live for Jesus, yourself and your son. God bless you sister on your journey.

  3. Deirdre Preston says:

    As a child and young adult I was always told by family what I could not do, what I was not and even worse what I supposedly was. These hurtful words made me believe I was ugly, worthless and incapable of being loved. Though not done maliciously most of the time, the words led me to destructive and unhealthy relationships where men validated these statements by cheating on me, making it known and not caring how I felt. I finally had the opportunity to have a healthy relationship with a good guy but my past caused me to scare him away for fear of being treated badly again. I fear that I will live alone because I can’t find any good in myself worthy of a healthy relationship because of the words and thoughts embedded in me as a child.

  4. Vanessa says:

    Beautiful prayer. Small, but powerful enough to touch the base.

  5. Gerry says:

    If you have hurt someone with idle gossip and wish you had not said those hurtful things, then it is good to go to the person you spoke badly of and ask them to forgive you. Further tell the people you gossiped to that what you said was wrong and you have apologized for your harmful words.

  6. Patty says:

    The power of words are so inspirational and incouraging to me

  7. Wilma Cavalier says:

    Please don’t give up. God needs all of us sheep on the day of the war against good and evil…the Great Tribulation. You are supposed to be part of that great and wonderful day. We have prayed for you and hope you are able to get yourself to a Church to have the enemy removed from your body and spirit , so that you can have discernment of what is evil, and what is Holy, from Jesus, Yeshua himself.

  8. Lisa says:

    I love this, I need prayer! I have put trust in Amman that said he was a Christian. I have seen no signs of it, but yet he claims he is one and God is telling him to take charge because in his eyes we are married. He said I am to obey, summit. And listen only to him. Everyone else in the world is wrong. I am scared and alone except for my savior. I keep my faith that God will protect me and my son. His tongue is awful except for him he is not perfect. I need prayer!

    1. Pat says:

      Get away from this man. He is as a false prophets we are warned about telling us next he is Jesus! Save your son. I had 3 sons I was married. He beat me everyday, he told me he was to rule my life, God told him, he locked us away from all people. it will only get crazier and worse. I being a Bible believe stayed praying for his soul to change, but we got caught in his false teaching us.I finally left when he was about to kill us. My sons are struggling in lives because of my failing in staying in this. Run while you can. RUN TO GOD, for your son’s sake. Will be a hardship, go to a shelter for women with your son. In a Bible church. God bless you.

    2. Paul says:

      Lisa, I pray God gives you strength and courage to leave that man and protect your son. Lord, lift Lisa up and fill her with Your power. In the Name of Jesus.