After talking to God this morning about the power of words, it inspired this post. How do you feel when someone says something nice to you? Or something bad?
As kids we are taught the old add age “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me”. This philosophy was to teach children that as long as no one puts their hands on them, then their okay. But verbal assault is probably more painful than physical assault for the simple fact that words stick with you.
Matthew 15:18 ESV says “but what comes out of the mouth, proceeds from the heart, and this defies a person”. You shouldn’t want the most hurtful words to reflect your heart, especially if you are known to be a pleasant person.
Negative words can also.affect your spiritual health. When you say “I’m a pessimist”, you are embodying every characteristic that surrounds one who is and finds negativity. Your spirit will become negative.
The saying “eat your words” has more meaning than taking back what you said especially when it was hurtful. You are having to digest those awful words back into your body, which was so easy regurgitate. It’s a vicious cycle.
So going forward, I will try my hardest to keep negative words out of my mouth. It’s going to be a challenge for me. As for evryone else, in order for the spirit to grow, this is what many of will have to do. Think before you speak, not just for the damage of that moment but for damage for a lifetime of spiritual and physical health.
“Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body” (Proverbs 16:24 ESV).