All my life I have heard the phrase, “Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Who in the world came come with that? Growing up, I would always recite this whenever anyone would say anything to me that would invoke any sort of emotion within me. The older I got, the less it worked. Words hurt. Being that my number one love language is words of affirmation, words always cut deeper than I wished they would. No one ever realized this, seeing as vulnerability isn’t really my thing, but this has led to many trouble. Scripture says many things about the words that we speak and the power of the tongue.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life [are] in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
1 Peter 3:10 – For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile:
Proverbs 15:1 – A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.
Ephesians 4:29 – Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
Matthew 12:36-37 – But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.
Psalms 118:5 – I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, [and set me] in a large place.
Psalms 141:3 – Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
James 3:8 – But the tongue can no man tame; [it is] an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
James 1:26 – If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion [is] vain.
Proverbs 10:19 – In the multitude of words there wanteth not sin: but he that refraineth his lips [is] wise.
Proverbs 15:28 – The heart of the righteous studieth to answer: but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things.
James 3:6 – And the tongue [is] a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
Proverbs 12:18 – There is that speaketh like the piercings of a sword: but the tongue of the wise [is] health.
Proverbs 15:4 – A wholesome tongue [is] a tree of life: but perverseness therein [is] a breach in the spirit.
Psalms 19:14 – Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
James 1:19 – Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath:
Philippians 2:14 – Do all things without murmurings and disputings:
Proverbs 13:3 – He that keepeth his mouth keepeth his life: [but] he that openeth wide his lips shall have destruction.
On that note, I’d just like to renounce any works of the enemy that comes up against me to use words as a means to cause me to doubt, fear or break down. I’m by no means a role model for always saying the right things all the time, even I have spewed out venom that was meant to defile and hurt others. So I challenge myself and all of you reading this, to speak life today and for the rest of your days. One small comment could literally light up someone’s day.
GOD BLESS YOU ALL!