Whoever came up with the saying “Stick and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” didn’t have a clue about the true power of words. Since I’ve been blessed with the “gift of gab”, I’ve learned first hand on more than one occasion that words are a powerful tool. You can use them for good, or you can use them for evil. Words rightly spoken, at the right time, in the right way can infuse light and love into even the darkest moment. On the other hand, words spoken with malice can leave a massive wake of destruction in their path.
There are so many times in my life that I’ve caused deep hurt with harmful words. I wish I could take them back, but once they are out there, you simply cannot take them back. All you can do is ask for forgiveness, and pray that the person you harmed will find it in their heart to forgive you.
The point is, we are not promised tomorrow. That is to say that you don’t know if today will be your last day on this planet. Likewise, you don’t know if today is the last day for the recipient of harsh words you might spew.
If it’s one lesson in life I keep having to learn the hard way, it’s that “God gave you two ears and 1 mouth, so you should listen twice as much as you talk”. That’s me over and over in my life. So, take it from me, don’t just open your mouth to switch feet. Choose your words wisely.
Proverbs 18:23 says “Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Those who love it will eat its fruits”.
I can’t add another word to that.
So, the next time you feel an overwhelming desire to speak harshly, ask yourself these three questions: