Post by Chaplain Elizabeth on Dec 19, 2015 13:17:09 GMT -5
Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose." Proverbs 18:21 MSG
How often have you opened your mouth, said something, then realized your mistake and had to apologize profusely? All of us make mistakes. We open our mouths and speak before we even think about what we say. Ouch! That can get us into big trouble and lead to all kinds of misunderstandings and hurt feelings. When it’s too late, we realize we said something stupid or revealed way too much. There are those kind of thoughtless comments and then there are intentional words that can be a poison. The snide remark over someone’s appearance... the catty comment intended to be a putdown... the shared secret that you promised not to repeat—those words are the poison that can kill.
If you are careful and think about what you say, your words can be enriching and bring life to others. With God's help, you can learn to be more mature in your thoughts that will lead to speaking more thoughtfully and carefully. Careless talk and mindless thinking can only cause problems. Guarded minds and prayerful remarks will be a blessing to others. Words to your children, your spouse, or your friends can be soothing, build self-esteem, quiet anxiety, or shower them with joy. Or, they can be pure poison that kills the relationship and hurts their spirit.
Watch your words. They can be the poison that kills or the fruit that yields sweetness and satisfaction. The choice is up to you!