In our Sunday School class we have been studying the book of James. James has a lot to say about our words and how we use them. For example:
“Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.” James 1:19-20
“The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” James 3:6
“Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be.” James 3:10
The implication is that we should weigh our words carefully because they can do great damage, to others and to ourselves.
On the other hand, the book of Proverbs tells us:
“A word aptly spoke in like apples of gold in settings of silver…” Proverbs 25:11
Think before you speak and use your words to bless and encourage. Words can make somebody’s day. They can lift spirits. They are a gift from God when used appropriately.
“Words are themselves sacred, God’s tool for creating the universe, and our tools for bringing holiness — or evil–into the world.” Abraham Heschel
For more about words see these posts:
When Words Matter Most by Cheryl Marshall & Caroline Newheiser–Book Review