The Power of the Tongue, Part 6

Words have weight, friends. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!

You know, the Scriptures tell us a lot about our words and actions.

“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips. Incline not my heart to any evil thing.” –Psalm 141:3-4 –

How many times have we heard that old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” It’s a catchy tune, but it’s not necessarily correct. Sometimes – far more often than we realize – our words have lasting impact on those who hear them.

Long after broken bones have healed, the bitter pain of harsh words can yet sting! You may not be breaking their bones, but you just might be breaking their spirit!

Do you like apples? How many times have you see a perfect, shiny apple that just looked so good…and then you bite into and it’s all bruised up inside? Sometimes damage is on the inside, and just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it’s not there!

What others say to us, and what we say to others, can have long-term consequences, both for good and for evil. Adolf Hitler, years ago wrote a book called Mein Kampf. This book was highly inspirational to those who followed him in the years leading up to World War 2. Would it surprise you to know that for every one of the 330,000 words in his book, some 125 lives were lost in that war?

So much hate. So much vitriol. Words have weight, friends.

Sarcasm or critical remarks often do nothing but inflict lasting pain on an individual. Alternatively, a well-placed encouragement or complement may inspire someone to be much more than they could have been otherwise.

Proverbs 26, verses 18-19, tells us also to be careful of the destructive power of words:

It says “As a mad man who casteth firebrands, arrows, and death, So is the man that deceiveth his neighbour, and saith, Am not I in sport?”

In other words, it’s like a guy who attacks someone else and then says, “I was only joking! I’m just playing with ya!”

How many times have we each done that? I know I’m guilty.

We must never forget that words have weight, and the impact of those words on another can certainly be damaging…

“The Power of the Tongue” continues next time…

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