When I was young my mum would say to my brother and I ‘sticks and stone will hurt your bones but names will never hurt you’. It’s a nice saying, but such a load of rubbish, it doesn’t work and it’s not true.
Words are very powerful. They can pierce your heart and if not dealt with can become septic. Yet we seem to underestimate their power. When I look back to creation I see God speaking the world and the cosmos into being, his very words had creative power. We are made in his image, so I think there is no reason why, not to the same degree, that our words won’t have creative power too. In the New Testament there are frequent commands and instruction on how careful we should be with our words, there are a few below:
“Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another.” James 4:11 NIV
“Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!”James 5:9 NIV
“Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. Ephesians 5:4 NIV
They are quite clear, do not grumble, don not slander, don’t let anything unwholesome come out of your mouth. I find it very humbling I realise my need of grace in all of my speech.
Father, forgive me where I have not controlled what I have said. Holy Spirit will you give me grace to control my tongue so that it may be used for your glory. In Jesus name Amen.