'Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.' Proverbs 15:4 NLT
'Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.' Right? So wrong! Words have so much power. They can build up or tear down, heal or hurt. The Bible says: 'Gentle words are a tree of life; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit' (Proverbs 15:4 NLT). And, 'Don't say anything that would hurt another person. Instead, speak only what is good so that you can give help wherever it is needed' (Ephesians 4:29 GWT).
Words have the power to shape people's entire lives: how they act, what they choose to do and, most importantly, what they think about themselves. So, let's check that our words are not tearing down, spreading rumours or damaging reputations.
Negative words are always superseded by God's truth. God's words are positive and life-giving: words that encourage, strengthen our faith and keep us going. Any words of condemnation, guilt or negativity don't come from God. If we've experienced the power of negative words, we are more able to value the power of positive words. And we're in a good place to share God's life-giving words with those who need to hear them most.
So what now? If you've been hurt by someone's negative words, it can be hard to break free from the effects on you. The hurt you feel is real. Try this: (1) Write the negative words on a piece of paper. (2) Ask God to help you forgive the person. (3) Throw away the paper and replace those words with God's truthful words about who you are.
Soulfood: Judg 19:16-21:25 Mk 11:27-33 Ps 45 Pro 13:13-16,