“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
This is probably one of the most fraudulent quotes I’ve seen. There is absolutely no truth in it. I would like to ask the author, “How many times have sticks and stones broke your bones?” Seeing that words can be really hurtful if one is not mindful of it. Words have a lot of power. Have we forgotten how many people have taken their own lives as a result of bullying? Cyber-bullying is at an all time high. It used to occur between children and now, it managed to creep inside adults in our churches and in our homes.
“Life and death are in the power of the tongue” Proverbs 18:21. This biblical passage is informing us that the tongue has ONLY two types of jurisdiction. Either what you are saying it is to give life or to bring death. There is no middle ground. Luke 6:45 illustrates there is a correlation between what is in our hearts and what come out of our mouths. “Out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” So, we see that our mouth is a projection of what is in our hearts.
Our tongue can be classified as a loaded deadly weapon of all kinds catastrophe in the world, namely holocaust, genocides, slavery. It can damage marriages, defame characters, destroy lives and decay one’s hope. Its Words are like Bullets (Bitterness Blame, Bashing, Brutal candor). They can penetrate and kill us. Whether it is a word that was spoken in person or in secret. Whether it is a word that was said or unspoken, texted, tweeted, mailed, emailed they are all deleterious.
We see that happening in 13 Reasons Why. A Netflix Originals series where a teenage girl commits suicide leaving her friends with 13 heirloom tapes revealing the reasons why she decided to end her life. It is often said it is not what we say but how we say it. While there is truth in the saying but sometimes the damage the words do are greater than the tone’s. Words can have a negative impact on one’s future and maybe even for the rest of their lives. Sometimes, the damage is instant and other times it is progressive.
Still and all, our tongue can be an antidote. It can be medicine for the soul; a powerful force of restoration, healing emotional wounds, bringing people together, restoring broken marriages and hope to the hopeless.
Fortunately and unfortunately, the choice is in our hands. Some will choose life and some will be indifferent if they selected the death option. Let us fix our heart to control what comes out of our mouth. Speak with mindfulness. Let your words be seasoned with love.
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