Okay! Let’s be clear! The Bible says to “Watch your mouth because, your words have Power” and I agree! There’s a saying, we all heard as a child that goes a little something like this “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” Yeah! RIGHT ! I don’t think so lol. That couldn’t be more far from the truth then saying “birds can’t fly! Words hurt, Words bruise, Words are powerful, and like the scripture says “Life and death are in the power of the tongue”.
We all know this to be true and have experience the power of words in our life one way or a another. Yes, Including You! We all have been either hurt or gotten upset by something somebody has said to us, and if that’s not the case then there’s been a time in your life when you were feeling down and out and somebody said something that really uplifted your spirit, put a smile on your face and encouraged you. You might have been 5 years old when it happen (and maybe it was your mother who said it) but the point is those words impacted you.
We are all impacted everyday by the words that people say to us and the words that we say to ourselves. The Word of God is filled with scriptures that talk about our Mouth/words and how we use them. Proverbs really goes in debt about our words from a good and bad perspective. All the scriptures Im referring to will be listed below for your reference. So specifically proverbs 12:25 literally paints out this scenario of a depressed person and the power of encouraging words to bring that person up. It’s an example of how kind words are healing to our hearts and pleasant to our soul, but at the same time harsh words have the very opposite effect. They are very bruising, they are piercing and destructive, I would even go so far to say that words hurt deeper than sticks and stones, only because they are embedded in our memories for years.
So watch your words, use your words to uplift, to inspire, to encourage. let your speech always be with grace, faith-filled, and full of positivity. Ephesians 4:29 says( I’m paraphrasing) don’t let any corrupt, mean, hurtful, harsh, critical, judgemental, slanderous, etc talk come out your mouth but only that which is good, that will build up and help the person who’s listening.
I want to offer a challenge #1 Examine your life, examine your words. Have you been using your mouth to build up or tear down? Is there someone you know you have said some mean, hurtful things to? if so,
#2 Repent, Go back and apologize to them and to God. Then Be Nice!!, use your words to build them up.
A wise woman builds up her house and a foolish woman tears it down with her own hands. Proverbs 14:1
If you are in agreement and try to keep an encouraging word in your mouth then continue you are a blessing more than you ever know and God sees you! and If you are somebody who’s been bruised deeply by (verbal abuse) hurtful words then I encourage you to let the word of God bring healing look to Christ!
Comment below and share your story. Have you been encouraged by someone’s words or bruised by something very hurtful?
Check out this video, for a little bit of my personal testimony and why this is extremely important to me!
Ephesians 4 : 29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Colossians 4 :6 Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.
Proverbs 18 : 21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
James 3 :10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so.
Proverbs 13:3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.
Proverbs 12 : 25 Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.
Proverbs 16:24 Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.
Proverbs 15 :4 A soothing tongue [speaking words that build up and encourage] is a tree of life,
But a perversive tongue [speaking words that overwhelm and depress] crushes the spirit. (Amplified)
Proverbs 14: 1 The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.(Nkjv)