Is your negative thoughts and self-talk making your pain even worst? Bronlynn explains that it may be.
“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”
(Proverbs 12:18). “The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit” (Proverbs 15:4).
We all are aware of the fact that we should speak kindly to others, encouraging and edifying them through our words. But what about speaking to ourselves? Even though we may not actually speak out loud to ourselves (which I do at times, but don’t always want to admit it!), most of us probably do some mental self-talk. We may not realize how harmful these words can be.
I read an interesting book recently entitled The Gift in You by Dr. Caroline Leaf. She gives much scientific information proving that if our thoughts and words have harmful or “toxic” emotions attached to them (such as saying something negative to ourselves), harmful chemicals are released into the body which negatively impact our health.
We hinder our abilities to use the gifts God has given us. She asks a very thought-provoking question: “Are you paying attention to what words you are saying and what words you are receiving into your spirit?”
When I examine my self-talk, much of it is untrue and is not based on Scripture at all. My “deceitful tongue” says. . . I can’t do this; This is too hard; I have no purpose; It’s hopeless.
These words crush my spirit and deny Scriptural truths. No, I can’t handle my pain and problems alone, but I will persevere through them by God’s power. I do have a purpose–God created things for me to do before I was even born. Yes, my life is very hard at times, but God has blessed me with His presence, power, and victory!
Although our self-talk will not completely heal all our physical problems, it does bring benefits. Aside from releasing positive chemicals rather than negative ones, positive words develop more joy, peace, and other fruits of the Spirit in us. We benefit physically and spiritually, and we may become even better at encouraging others as well.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, make me more aware of the words I speak to myself. Help me speak words that are encouraging rather than harmful, to myself as well as to others. Amen.
About the author:
Bronlynn Spindler lives in VA and is blessed to have the support and encouragement of a wonderful husband and three grown daughters. God’s grace and strength have brought her through thyroid cancer and continue to sustain her through ongoing back pain, depression, headaches, multiple sensitivities, eye pain, and fibromyalgia. You may view her blog of devotionals at www.aplaceofsprings57.blogspot.com.
Do you speak more negatively to yourself than you do to others? What are some negative statements that you could turn to positive ones?
This is a touching song from Natalie Grant, “The Real Me.” The video includes the lyrics. We hope it is comforting to you.