Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me? We heard it on the play yard at school, perhaps even used this famous line a time or two. Does it hold any truth?
Are words just words. Meaning nothing unless you allow them to. This may be a decision we make for ourselves, perhaps, putting up a barrier to block the hurt and sting of some potential harmful words. This may be used as an emotional blocker to prevent us from getting hurt by words, but we can not soften the bit or sting of the harmful words we use.
James, Jesus half-brother, reminds us of something else that is small that can also be destructive.
Taming the Tongue
I don't think so. Nor do I think that we can praise the Lord with the same tongue that we curse with. Just like the Bible said, " 11Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?" I think that whether we allow words to become destructive in our lives is a choice we make. It's about understanding the difference between a harmful word and and encouraging word, then making the decision not to allow that to be destructive in your life. But there is no way to determine what impact a harmful word has when you use one. It's better to not use them at all. Only become encouraging, uplifting and positive with your words. Choose them wisely, because they will shape who you become.
A careless word may kindle strife,
A cruel word may wreck a life,
A timely word may lessen stress,
A loving word may heal and bless. —Anon.
It is better to bite your tongue than to let it bite someone else.
Inspired BY:Our Daily Bread, daily devotions