One of the first lies that I was ever told went something like this:
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.
Meant to protect me, I’m sure…it was downright false. Life has taught me that broken bones heal a lot faster than emotional and spiritual wounds afflicted through the words that we speak.
I promised myself a while ago that I would try to flood my own life with positive energy. It is easy to do it through written expression, but verbally…it is much more of a challenge. I’m getting there though. I find myself literally biting my tongue. I will get to a point of 100% positive communication and after that…I will work on my way of thinking. The power of life and death is in the tongue. We can build with our words as easily as we can destroy with them. This applies to us as well as to others. Do not curse yourself and be careful that you do not curse your fellow man by speaking negatively about him or her. The words that come out of your mouth take root. If you don’t like something about a person or you are not at peace with something that he or she did…do not focus or speak on those things as the things that we focus on are magnified. Speak positive change. Pray for them. I have always interpreted Romans 4:17-18 as a reminder to speak those things that are not as if they were and to believe in them so that they shall come to be.
If you aren’t convinced yet that your tongue is both a powerful tool and a dangerous weapon, consider Proverbs 18:21 (KJV), which tells us “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” That which you sow, you will reap. It is written. Be careful.