My childhood wasn’t so pleasant, considering the amount of times I got bashed due to my weight. The words uttered by my peers at school and even family members were quite hurtful. Their words gave me a false perception about myself – a useless fat slob that has nothing to show for himself. I was no different though; my words were worse, and I hurt a lot of people in the process. I made people cry, feel awful about themselves, and probably scared them for life. My words were a constant stream of daggers that aimed to inflict pain. I was also a huge cyber bully. I was the guy behind the computer screen taking the time to write terrible stuff to people online. But that was then, now I have a new voice, and no longer blind to the effect that words can have on an individual.
Words have the power of life and death. (See Proverbs 18:21) Our words can provide the courage to continue or one more reason to give up. We underestimate the power that words can have; words kill and give lifel. Words can lead someone to better themselves or to take their own life away – suicide. It’s important to watch what we say to those around us. A simple “have a nice day” can go a long way for someone. That person could be going through a tough situation, and by hearing those words it brightened up their day.
Words can shape or misshape. “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” – (Ephesians 4:29) Our words should encourage, uplift, restore, enlighten, and inspire. Our words should never be aimed to bring someone down.
Hate speech is something that should never be manifested. It’s not a correct representation of unconditional love — God’s love.
Words carry enormous weight, so we should seek to use words that are sweet, and healthy for the soul:
“Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” – Proverbs 16:24 NIV
When we speak the content of our heart is spilling out. What you have in your heart will be manifested, and those around you will see it. If you are full hate, people will see, hear, and feel hate from you. Examine your heart. Our words are always a perfect picture of what’s going on side of our hearts.
“Keep your mouth free of perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.” – Proverbs 4:24 NIV
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