Have you ever been cut? I don’t mean with a knife or anything like that. No, I mean have you REALLY been cut– have you been cut by someone’s words? I’ve had a few occasions to catch the sharp edge of someone’s wrath, and I can tell you that even as a fifty-something man, I can still feel the sting of some things that were aimed my way in elementary school. No doubt high-school was the worst though. Not only did everybody catch a wound or two there, we also learned to dish them out very well! Words are something our Lord reminds us over and over again to be extremely careful with. The Scriptures tell us the power of both life and death are in the tongue. Whether it’s with friends, enemies, family, or even total strangers, as Christians, let’s make sure we use the life part and not the other!
“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” Proverbs 12:18