"The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." Proverbs 18:21
We all might remember a saying we learned when we were kids, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me"... ummmm... WRONG!!! When I was a school teacher, at the beginning of the year, I did an activity called Freddie. I drew a picture of a boy named Freddie on a large piece of paper. He was completely flat. No wrinkles. No tears. I had each student go around and say something that someone had said to them that hurt their feelings & then they had to crinkle a piece of the paper. By the time we got around the circle, Freddie was a crumpled up, wad of paper. Nothing like where we started. Then we had to go around and say something that someone said to us that made us feel good. By the time we got around the room, Freddie was visible to us again, but there were lots of wrinkles and tears when he used to be smooth.
The lesson learned...
The words we say to people make a HUGE impact on them whether we believe it or not... whether we apologize or not. "The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences." Proverbs 18:21.
I want to speak LIFE into people: my husband, my children, my family & friends! "Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the bones." Proverbs 16:24
My prayer comes straight from the Word... "Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips." Psalm 141:3
Let me speak LIFE to all those I encounter!!! Are you with me?!?!