Christians are called to speak creative words of life into our personal domains. We should always be voicing positive, uplifting words over our family, friends, associates, church, town, state, country, and even distant lands as inspired by the Spirit. (Corrective words are okay if directed by God and spoken in love.)
To consistently speak negative, critical words is contrary to God’s will. Those who insist on spewing their harsh judgments are in rebellion, and scripture calls this witchcraft. Refusing to speak life by giving someone the silent treatment is also rebellion and therefore witchcraft.
For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry - 1 Samuel 15:23 NKJV.
We are made in the image of God, and we should behave as such. In my experience, the Lord has been my biggest fan—my most devoted cheerleader. He has put in my heart the desire to encourage others, just as He's done for me....
Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation - Psalm 24:3-5.
Christians toss words around that others don't understand and that often we ourselves don't thoroughly comprehend. I recently Googled the words, "praise" and "worship." I want to be sure my efforts in these areas are what God desires from me. Here is what I found:
To say or write good things about. To express approval of. To express thanks to or love and respect for God. (Merriam Webster)
The offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship. A hymn of praise to God. (Dictionary.com)
Extravagant respect or admiration for or devotion to. To show respect and love...