Words can be depicted as shooting arrows or even thrusting sword.
Does the words we utter demeaning with the intent of tearing or destroying that person’s reputation or does it uplift a person’s self esteem?
Have you heard of these words – “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”? Contrary to these words – physical wounds do get healed but cutting words does more damage to a person’s well being and at times its deeply ingrained in the sub-conscious mind.
Words do affect our lives.
Can you recalled a time when encouraging words lift up your soul in trying situations?
While a negative exchange of words causes a negative response.
Like it or not, words do affect us emotionally.
Let’s take an example of a scenario at school – a teacher hurl verbal abuses at his students whilst another uses encouraging, motivating words – which of the two would help the students to excel and build self-confidence?
Its essential to change the way we think, feel and behave and even the frequent words we use to describe our emotional state of mind. We need God’s help to change.
Ephesians 4:29 (NASB) – Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, that it may give grace to those who hear.
Proverbs 12:18 (NASB) – There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, But the tongue of the wise brings healing.
Proverbs 21:23 (NASB) – He who guards his mouth and his tongue, Guards his soul from troubles.
Proverbs 25:28 – Like a city that is broken into and without walls, is a man who has no control over his spirit.