Words hurt Just one word for that…OUCH!
It sounds like a cute little saying, especially when you do not want others to see how their words affect you, but it is one of the WORSE lies ever told. Words do hurt …or heal. It is our choice on how we use them. Our tongue is the toughest muscle in our bodies. With it, so many people have been destroyed, others encouraged, or even inspired through it. We decide whether to build someone up or tear them down with our words. We can draw someone to Christ or lead them further away from Him. Our words do matter.
We can even hurt ourselves with our own words when we allow self-doubt and low self-esteem overwhelm us.
“I’m not pretty enough”
“I will never be as good as _____”
“I’m so stupid.”
I have wounded myself various times from my own tongue. I believed the lies of the enemy instead of the truth of my Father. However, I’m glad God changed my way of thinking and opened my eyes. Sometimes those same lies try to reach me again, yet now I am armed with the Word of God. And that is our weapon! It is so VITAL to know the Word of God for yourself. Do not wait until Sunday morning to pick up your Bible and wait for the Pastor to speak life to you. Your pastor will not always be there with you when you are in your darkest moments, but Jesus will. God may not speak to you in an audible, loud voice in the sky, nevertheless He does speak to your heart through the Word. God is always speaking but we are not always listening. The Bible is our defense and weapon against the enemy’s lies and tricks.
Ephesians 6:16-17 says, “In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
The devil is actually afraid of us as children of God because we have the Most High, the King of Kings, the Creator inside of us. The enemy is even more frightened when we know and LIVE the Word. So, a person could talk smack about and to you all day long saying:
“You’ll never be anything.” ….”For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”(Jeremiah 29:11 ESV)
“You are so ugly”… “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)
“You should kill yourself”…“I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord.”(Psalm 118:17 KJV)
But when you have God’s words in your heart then you will know the truth instead of the lie.
Yes, words will hurt at times, however, you do not have to allow it to soak into your heart and believe it. I am still learning this and allowing God’s words to seep into my heart. Just remember this: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” (Proverbs 18:21)
So will you speak life or death today?
Will you believe the lie or the Truth?