You’ve heard the expression: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” What a lie! The reality is that words can sometimes hurt us more deeply and permanently than a bruise or a cut. Most physical hurts will heal with time, but a wounded heart can take much longer to heal.
The Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” (Proverbs 18:21). In other words, everything that comes out of your mouth has the power to bring life or death to someone else.
In his song Speak Life, contemporary Christian artist TobyMac says, “Though it’s crazy, amazing, We can turn a heart with the words we say. Mountains crumble with every syllable. Hope can live or die. So speak Life, speak Life…”
What words are coming out of your mouth today? Are you speaking life or death, hope or despair? Make the decision today to only speak good and encouraging words to everyone you meet! As TobyMac declares, “Lift your head a little higher, Spread the love like fire, Hope will fall like rain, When you speak life with the words you say.”
Calvin & Hobbes (c) 2017 Bill Waterson.