Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me. How often do you recount saying this in your younger days in an attempt to disguise the impact of hurtful words by your opponent?
Words are powerful, they have the ability to uplift and also the ability to hurt. Even the Bible tells us in Proverbs18:21 NLT that “the tongue can bring death or life”.
Words can either build up or tear down. Sadly, many of us hold on to these hurtful words and carry them around daily. When you find your emotions running wild, here are 10 assuring Bible verses on negative thoughts.
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Bible Verses On Negative Thoughts
The following negative thought Bible verses have all been taken from the King James Version.
“For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” 1 Corinthians 6:20
“I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.” Psalms 139:14
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Philippians 4:8
“Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.” Ephesians 6:16
Bible Verses About Negative Thinking
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds; Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ” 2 Corinthians 10:4-5
“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” Matthew 10:30-31
“Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7
“Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
Books On Negative Thoughts
The book BREAKING THE POWER OF NEGATIVE WORDS takes us on a journey of how words spoken to us, words we speak to ourselves and words we speak to others impacts not only our lives but others as well.
In her book, the author discusses how words spoken to us early in our life tend to influence our trajectory. One such example she looked at was Mary Kay Ash. Growing up, Mary Kay Ash, the founder behind Mary Kay Cosmetics was often told by her mom, “you can do it.” At a young age, she had to take care of her ill father while her mom worked full time. In such instances her mom would reinforce to her daughter that “you can do it”. This became ” Mary Kay’s, childhood motto. Mary Kay has since grown up to be one of the most successful female entrepreneur in America.
More often than not, the words spoken to us aren’t positive. Behind those hurtful words are usually broken people. Hurt people often hurt people and often times the hurtful words coming our way have nothing to do with us. The author alluded to the fact that if we are willing to forgive those who have wronged us, we can be freed from the bondage of negative words.
One key point made by the author is that we tend to become what we perceive or speak about ourselves. For example, if we believe we are bad at Mathematics, we will likely put up a roadblock and this eventually becomes our reality. Through a six step process, she helps the reader find freedom from their hurting words with each point supported with scripture.
In her book, the author shared various stories to help the reader understand the impact that negative words can have. Each chapter ends with discussion questions to help the reader reflect on what they read and to think about how they can apply it to their live’s.
Some of my takeaways from the book are:
- To develop and attitude of gratitude, look for the good in others and in your self.
- Just as you need to protect yourself from the words of others, you need to protect yourself from your own words.
- Replace negative words with God’s promises. Personalize and insert your name into the Bible promises that you read.
- Be willing to forgive those who have wronged us.
BREAKING THE POWER OF NEGATIVE WORDS takes us on a journey of how words spoken to us, words we speak to ourselves and words we speak to others impacts not only our lives but others as well.Personally, I think this book is more geared towards an older audience than a younger demographic. For those looking to combat hurtful words, the author does provide a variety of practical tips to help readers understand and break free from the negative words that are holding them hostage.
Bible Verses On Negative Thoughts
When you find your emotions running wild, I encourage you to turn to the Bible for some assurance. What are your favorite Bible verses about negative thoughts?