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. Ed says:

    I have read these devotions for years; not only do I enjoy Dr. Graham’s wisdom, I also enjoy the comments by other disciples such as Joyce Paul, Gerry, Dawn, Joe, et al.

  2. Audrey says:

    My heavenly father let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight dear Lord my strength and my redeemer.

  3. Alice N. Kambo says:

    I always try my best to talk less, and if i must, i always ask for the Holy spirit to always take control and put the right words in my as to utter words to bless others.

    Forgive me Dear Lord for the times i have hurt others with my unkind words, and create in me a clean heart.

  4. Gerry says:

    As difficult as it may be at times, we must learn to pause and think, before we speak.

  5. Precious Bhuruwayo says:

    let every word that comes out of ma mouth be kind and love

  6. Joyce Paul says:

    Kind words,Smooth, and Quiet, and Comfort the hearer, GOD LOVES EACH OF US! Glory to HIS Name!!!
    God Bless you richly! amen.

  7. Christi Brown says:

    God Bless you!

  8. Patricia Jones says:

    If I must gossip, Lord let the words that I spread about my neighbors be kind, and uplifting words if encouragement.