by Darla Noble
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, the LORD, my rock, and my redeemer.
It usually isn’t difficult to find snippets of truth and relevancy in the old sayings and adages our parents and grandparents always seemed to have waiting for us. You know, things like:
You can’t judge a book by its cover.
Beauty is more than skin-deep.
You reap what you sow.
But there is one such saying you probably heard on more than one occasion that could not be farther from the truth.
The saying, Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me, is a great, big, stinking lie.
Words have enormous power. They can speak life or they can hurt and even destroy.
That is why it is imperative that you choose your words carefully. Use your words to encourage and build up—not hurt and tear apart.
Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either a life-giving inspiration or a discouraging wound in the mind of another.
Make sure your words not only edify others, but also glorify God. Be mindful that your words reflect the love and grace Jesus offers you in abundance.
Thank You for Your Word, the Bible, to give me guidance and inspiration. May my words be used only to uplift others. May they never inflict pain on one of Your children. Help me to guard what I say. In Jesus’ dear name I pray, Amen.