You have to be careful what you say. Words are more powerful than you could imagine and one slip of the tongue may seem minor to you but, to someone else, it could be the difference between life and death.
On those days where you’re struggling, when you feel depressed and can’t pick yourself up, a kind word can help you to get through the day.
On the days when you feel useless, as if you aren’t needed on earth, someone letting you know that you are valued or important to them can help you to keep persevering.
But if someone turned around and put you down, if they said exactly what you were thinking, it could trigger something. It could make someone do something that they go on to regret.
The saying that ‘stick and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ is false. In many ways, words can have a longer, more detrimental effect on someone. It just seems to be taking a while for this realisation to become apparent.
If you want to compliment someone, do it. Never hold back.
If your words will degrade someone, don’t speak. Keep it to yourself.
It’s interesting to overhear people’s conversations, to get an idea of what they need and feel.
Comments of ‘I really needed to hear that today’ or ‘Thank you, that’s really encouraging’ show that people do use words wisely and that they have the power to help people. Even simple phrases or comments which seem worthless to you may have a significant impact on the person you speak to.
This makes it all the more worrying that so many people do not speak kindly to others, do not take into account the negative effects their words could have.
In a world full of words, in speeches, campaigns, emails, telephone calls, posters and everyday conversation, we have to be wise and careful in what we say and do, how we use language.
Let us our words for good, to motivate, encourage and compliment, to glorify God and those around us, whoever they may be.