Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit—you choose Proverbs 15:4
You know the saying ~ "Sticks and stones may break my bones but Words will never hurt me" What a bunch of baloney!! Yet, this is what we tell our kids??
We all know Words can hurt us and some can remain with us for Years!! We also know a kind word can change our whole day. If we receive a written word in a positive or uplifting way, we hold on to it & look back on it when we need some encouragement don't we?
We must guard our hearts against Toxic Words We all know we cannot control what others say BUT We can control what we hear! If we align the words spoken with Gods Word we will know not to allow lies to penetrate our heart.
Ephesians 4:29 tells us:
Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
Listen to this about our Words! Proverbs 15:4 Kind words heal and help; cutting words wound and maim
I don't know about you ~ I don't want to speak words that wound OR maim! Verbal abuse takes sooo much time & work (counseling) to heal from! They can ruin our self esteem or crush our spirit for sure.
Here is an excerpt from Max Lucado's "A Love worth Giving"
Before you speak, ask: Will what I’m about to say help others become stronger?
You have the ability, with your words, to make a person stronger. Your words are to their soul what a vitamin is to their body. If you had food and saw someone starving, would you not share it? If you had water and saw someone dying of thirst, would you not give it? Of course you would. Then won’t you do the same for their hearts? Your words are food and water!
Do not withhold encouragement from the discouraged.
Do not keep affirmation from the beaten down!
Speak words that make people stronger. Believe in them as God has believed in you."
As we go about our day, We all must remember ~
We are NOT who others say we are
WE ARE WHO GOD SAYS WE ARE!
Words are very powerful! After all...... God didn't wave his hand and create the planets, the oceans, our world, etc.
HE SPOKE it all into being
Oh Lord, I pray my words speak Life today and always!