Not a week goes by that I don’t speak to someone who has had their feelings hurt or they are upset with someone about something they said.
Words are so powerful. Words shape people and either build up or tear down.The Bible has much to say about our words.
“Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, Sweetness to the soul and health to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24
“There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, But the tongue of the wise promotes health. “ Proverbs 12:18b
“Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad.” Proverbs 12:25
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21
Wow…Solomon, the wisest man to ever live outside of Jesus said that the tongue, our words, opening up our big mouths can cause great harm…death or life.
Do you realize that what we say affects more people than any other action we may take? Words have so much power in them. They can crush a person’s feelings. They can make someone sad, angry, discouraged and even depressed to the point of being suicidal.
Friendships have been fractured, reputations have been blackened, minds have been poisoned and churches have been damaged all because of the tongue.
Once these words leave our mouth, they can never be retracted. All of us have said things that we later regretted. We all have been caught in the heat of the moment and have spoken words out of anger.
But what about those people who know exactly what they are saying and don’t care? You know ‘those’ people that I am referring to? Their mission in life is to cut down, slander and talk badly about people. They have the gift of criticism.
Did you catch Proverbs 12:18 earlier? “There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword…”
Solomon said when you talk about someone, it is as if you are stabbing them with a sword. There is nothing innocent about cutting someone with a sword.
Do you know that people who talk to you about other people will talk about YOU to other people? People who talk badly about others are just telling on themselves.
Those kind of people have deep seeded anger, they are insecure and they have to belittle others to feel better about themselves. They are cowards! They are afraid to talk to someone to their face so they find a “garbage dump” (another person who will willingly listen to the gossip) to unload on. By the way, being a garbage dump is still participating even if you do not say anything!
Let’s all commit to be being very careful in what and how we say things.