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May 23

Constructive or Destructive Power – Part 1; Talking Heart2Heart

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Constructive Power flows in unity and more freely while the destructive power is tangled and chaotic….

This is a spin-off of an earlier post “You Who Speak Your Mind,” which is a subject that constantly need attention in our society. There’s an assumption of “I can say, what I want and to whom I want” is running rapidly, but make no mistake about it there are consequences.  Matthew 12:36 “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak.” So how do we limit this out of control type of behavior? Accountability is key to (intent to harm) because it’s a form of premeditation, so by holding one responsible for their actions will lessen the destructive power as a result of negative actions. Destructive power usually cause a domino effect because this is a “dog eat dog world” (no pun intended). In reality Freedom of speech can have constructive or destructive power, but it starts with the process of thought that is followed by an action.

free-speechFreedom of speech is the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America, so what exactly does that mean? Well, what it means and how it’s delivered is very different. Freedom of speech is a citizens right to express themselves and to be respected as well. Dr. Martin Luther King, Frederick Douglass and many others started the Civil Rights Movement by exercising the right to express individuality and beliefs. Matthew 15:11 “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” They are definitely among the list of the true leaders of past times who paved the way for you and I. They demonstrated the power of constructive behavior by standing tall and firm upon their beliefs. They fought for the very freedom in which we benefit from today, but the ungrateful attitude is disrespectful to their effort for change. So to say in the least we should be thankful for the pain, labor, sweat, and struggle they endured for our future.

This world is a better place because of the constructive power set in motion decades ago by speaking out and demanding freedom for all. So how powerful are words in general? When words are spoken directly or indirectly, the force is based on its intent. So do you make it a habit to take part in constructive or destructive power when you open your mouth? Which behavior do you take part in? Are you a part of the problem or the solution?

When words are spoken, many times it’s without thought or concern for others. Psalm 141:3 “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” Many have become such selfish people, so as long as things are working out for number one, life is good. It’s a conscious choice to unleash destructive or constructive power which will end in a positive or a negative way, so you choose.

PrintThere’s a saying of “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Not true because broken bones mend after a few weeks, but the pain of negative words can last a lifetime. So if you are one who use this phrase “stop it.”  Words take on a life of its own only when they are released, and then the intent will decide the outcome.


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