Power at the tip of your tongue…or fingertips

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” As a kid, I heard that phrase uttered many times. I know I thought it often when I was getting picked on growing up. And after nearly 35 years on this earth, I can confidently say:

The author of that phrase was full of crap.

We like to pretend that we don’t care what people say about us, but we do.

We like to pretend that what we say doesn’t matter as much as what we do, but it does.

We like to pretend that our words can’t cause much harm, but they can.

Our words are just as powerful as any stick or stone. They have the power to build up and heal or to tear down and destroy. Just look at a few verses in Proverbs that talk about this power:

“The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”Proverbs 18:21

“Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.” Proverbs 12:18

“Watch your tongue and keep your mouth shut, and you will stay out of trouble.” Proverbs 21:23

The message is clear – what we say matters. The reason I find this so interesting is that technology affords us so many ways to express ourselves. So it’s vital that we don’t just pay attention to our tongues, but also our fingertips.

You may not feel like that off-the-cuff remark on Twitter makes much of a dent. You may believe that no one really notices that your Facebook statuses are always full of complaints about life.

Similarly, you may not feel like that encouraging text message to a friend helps much. But ultimately, you’re wrong.

Because chances are you’ve been hurt or healed by someone else’s words recently – not matter if they were spoken or online.

“But the words you speak come from the heart – that is what defiles you.” Matthew 15:18

Every word you speak – or type – affects someone else. So you have tremendous power to communicate love, peace and hope.

Make sure they look sound Christ.

Have you experienced the power of words recently – whether they were spoken or typed? How have words impacted your life lately?

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