Words can soothe or harm

By Michelle Macicek

There have been a couple of situations recently that I have either been involved in or heard about that have reminded me of the power of our words. The words we speak can be a tool with great power to share the truth that God has given to us in sacred Scripture, but our words can also be a tool to hurt, tear down or go against what our father has asked of us.

I have witnessed some minor misjudgment turn into major accusations that spread like wildfire and significantly cause commotion. I have also seen the ease with which people use social media platforms to say things they would never say in person or face to face.

I am also guilty of allowing stress and lack of enough sleep to negatively affect the way I speak to my husband and children. All situations that can and could have been avoided if there was a moment before words were shared to allow the Holy Spirit be the guide.

The human tongue can do so much damage. It can ruin friendships, cause misunderstandings and completely damage someone’s reputation. We have all been guilty of saying hurtful things, and we must remain ever mindful that what we say can damage and cause division. A lot of what we say is probably best left unsaid.

So, I will leave you with the TRUTH we find in Scripture about how we are called to use our words in a way that honors the One we are called to obey.

“Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” Proverbs 15:4

“Let no unwholesome word come out of your mouth, but if there is any good word for edification according to the need of the moment, say that, so that it will give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29.

“Kind words are like honey-sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.” Proverbs 16:24 “Set a guard, O Lord, before my mouth; keep watch at the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:13

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