I read a challenging article today on Ann Voskamp’s blog that reminded me of the song ‘Words’ by the group Hawk Nelson‘. In her piece she wrote,

“Whoever said sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you? Was dead wrong. Ask a bearded guy from Louisiana or a tweeting PR exec en route to Africa to comment on that. Don’t ever forget it, kids: There is nothing more explosive than words. Words are nitroglycerin. Words can literally ignite a heart, detonate like a global bomb — or explode in your face.” Go ahead and check out the entire article here…. A Holy Experience

Yes, there are too many times we say things without thinking, things we regret. We say hurtful words, both intentional and unintentional, that can never be retrieved and, quite often to the people closest to us, to the ones we love.

Why do we do this? I think simply, for the most part, [in our sub-conscience] we feel we can get away with it and feel we shouldn’t need to be careful around them. However, if we truly love and cherish our family and friends then we will guard our tongues. Scripture tells us in James,

The tongue is like a fire. It is a world of evil among the parts of our body. It spreads its evil through our whole body and starts a fire that influences all of life. It gets this fire from hell. Humans have control over every kind of wild animal, bird, reptile, and fish, and they have controlled all these things. But no one can control the tongue. It is wild and evil, full of deadly poison. We use our tongues to praise our Lord and Father, but then we curse people who were created in God’s likeness. These praises and curses come from the same mouth. My brothers and sisters, this should not happen.
(James 3:6-10)

I hope and pray this will touch all of our hearts and cause us to really “think before we speak”.

Here is the song I mentioned. I hope you listen, watch, and apply the message it gives us.


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