Whoever said “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me” must’ve had a lot thicker skin than most of us.
Proverbs 18:21 says that words have power over life and death. That rings a lot more truely.
One of the typical jokes about marriage is that a wife gets angry with a husband not just for what he said but how he says it. The words, the tongue, the attitude may bruise just as easily as those sticks and stones, but while the body often heals itself, the soul and the spirit need healing.
Where do we go to find that healing? To the Word, both the written word, the Bible, and the One called the Word of Life, Jesus.
John tells us in his gospel that “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God.” In Genesis, we see that Word speaking life into creation.
So often these days, talk is cheap. Anyone can hurl words and insults. But again, Proverbs reminds us that we have the choice to decide whether our words will bring life or whether they’ll crush the spirit of those we interact with.
My prayer is that I will think — and even pray — before I hurl words out at my fellow man and/or woman, boy and/or girl, that I’ll seek to honor God with the things I think, say, and do. There’s more than enough hurt in the world already.