Sunday, August 29, 2010
Words Can Hurt ! Use Them Carefully~
We all know this is not true. How often have you wielded words as a weapon and later regretted it? How often have you had words lobbed at you that maimed? Sticks and stones really might break bones and even cause scars, but careless or cruel words pierce the heart and can hurt so deeply and for so long that one would rather the wounds be physical. Angry , self-righteous words can be the worst, especially if one is slinging them around as the "words of God". Speaking or writing truth without love often inflicts the deepest wounds and instead of bringing others to the knowledge of God , or causing them to seek Him , these words do the opposite. "Words- so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them."
Nathaniel Hawthorne I decided to quote those more qualified than I in the use of words to encourage their proper use. Remember, words can be very powerful, use them carefully!
"Words in haste do friendships waste." Mark Twain
"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." Mother Teresa
"A harsh word stirs up anger..." Proverbs 15:1
"A soothing tongue is a tree of life." Proverbs 15:4
"Like apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances."
"Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight O Lord." Psalm 19:14