Angel Lester
by on January 20, 2024

"But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison." James 3:8

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. " We were all taught this phrase as a child.

It was my parents way of teaching me to be tough, not to wear my feelings on my sleeves and not to be overly  sensitive . Ridicule, sarcasm and joking plus humiliation were love languages in my family. You learned to develop thick skin quickly or you didn't survive in my family. 

I don't know about you, but that phrase is a lie if I ever did hear one. Words can hurt, especially when they come from someone we love and trust.

Small children tend to let things go in one ear and out the other, but as we grow older, our attitude toward what is said to us becomes more and more personal. The wounds, by sticks and stones heal up, many of us have likely experienced times when we thought that the wounds caused by words would never heal.We have come to understand that words have a massive potential power over us.

We have seen the harm that the tongue can inflict. It is amazing that an organ created for so much good could produce so much damage, pain and heartache.

God spoke everything into existence. There is power in the tongue and the words we speak. Words can hurt but they can also uplift. Every encounter we have with another person is an opportunity to witness about the goodness of God. We can do so by positive words.The words we speak can shift someone else's day.

Proverbs 15:4 "Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit." When someone is crushed does it hurt? Yes it does.

We are to guard the things we say. As Christians we should push ourselves to look for the good in others, speak positively and send someone along feeling better than they did before. 

Our words should bring healing to someone hurting. Let us learn to speak healing words and build others up instead of speaking words that tear down and destroy others.

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