“Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips.” (Psalm 141:3 ESV)
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21 ESV)
Did you know words have power? Words can build up and break down.
Has anyone ever said something that made you feel bad? I will use myself as an example. I have always been heavy. My dad used to call me tub of lard. He thought by making fun of my weight, I would try to lose it. But it had the opposite effect. I ate more. But I ate in secret. In my mind, if he didn’t know I was eating, it would be alright. It didn’t work. I got bigger.
But words also build up. I will use me again. I go to a great church. There are no negative words spoken there. There is nothing said to shame or tear a person down. That is how it should be. We should not be speaking negative things to or about people.
Just think before you say anything that could hurt someone. Your words really do have power. They can cut to the bone or give you a natural high for hours. I prefer the latter myself. Whenever something negative is said about me or to me, it hurts for a long time. I tend to hide away and keep to myself more than I usually do. But you say something nice, I will smile for hours.
So let’s make an effort to be nice and not negative. Think before you say, or post on Facebook, negative things. Let’s make the world a brighter place to be.