Your words have the power to hurt or heal.
Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing. Proverbs 12:18
Do you understand just how deadly your words can be?
They can beat a person down, crush a spirit, steal joy. They can also heal, encourage and give hope.
I see this all the time. My husband’s dad beats him down daily with words and it is only through God’s strength that he withstands the constant onslaught of hostility. His father spews negativity in every breath.
My husband is a strong man, but I know many who aren’t. The words they hear beat them down. Their eyes don’t sparkle and they don’t laugh as much. The damage is noticeable.
You may not think that you are hurting your children with thoughtless words, but a constant barrage of them as they grow up will shape them into adults that don’t believe in themselves or maybe even don’t like themselves.
Ask yourself every day, “Am I injuring or healing my child–spouse, friend, co-worker with my words?”
I don’t think we’d intentionally take a knife and stab someone, but we are doing this to someone’s spirit when we speak negative words, words that hurt and crush.
Consider the power of your words. It should be enough to make you think twice before speaking.
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