If we consume it we will become sick. Likewise, if we feed it to someone else, they too will become sick.
The words we speak to our spouse, our children, our friends, and even our self are the words that will be believed. Words have that much power – especially when they are spoken from a person that plays a foundational role in someone’s life.
It’s hard sometimes, you know? When emotions are flying. When feelings have been hurt. When we feel like there are unmet expectations. Words can unexpectedly spew out, and often times there are no take backs. This is why it’s crucial to have Jesus living within us. He can hold our tongue and calm our spirit before something happens that we will regret for the rest of our lives.
We are accountable for the words we speak. Are our words beneficial, or are they detrimental? It’s never ok to speak ugliness. It’s never ok to speak pettiness. Those things do nothing for you or anyone else.
Thumper spoke volumes when he said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say nothing at all.”
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those that listen.” – Ephesians 4:29