Have you ever seen the GEICO commercial about “Words Can Hurt?” The cowboy rides off and hits the letter “E” on “The End” that comes on the screen. Now we know this commercial is just trying to prove a fact that “Words Can Hurt.”
Do you believe “Words Can Hurt?” Let’s examine what the Bible states about this – there is a lot but we will only look at a few.
In Proverbs, there are many verses speaking about words. What do you think about pollution?
32 The speech of a good person clears the air;
the words of the wicked pollute it.
We all need to breathe good, clean air. The analysts will tell you that cities with high pollutant contents have more breathing deaths and issues. When someone has a breathing problem, they are immediately given good clean oxygen to breathe. This helps the rest of the body work efficiently as well. If you are straining to breathe, your other body systems are struggling harder to work. So it goes to show that pollution is not good for us and can hurt.
This is exactly what the above verse state. A good person words are like the clean oxygen given to someone to breathe when they are having problems. It helps their body obtain the correct nutrients and work well. The wicked person words are pollutants – they hurt us, they damage us, they can kill us.
The Bible also states that words can get us in trouble. Do you like spankings?
13 The gossip of bad people gets them in trouble;
the conversation of good people keeps them out of it.
I’m not sure about you but whenever I got in trouble when I was younger it was not fun, sometimes it hurt. It hurt because I was punished with a spanking. As I get older, I may not be spanked but the damage the bad words cause can be worse. I can lose friends or even my spouse or children. That can’t be good. Good words, though, can keep me out of trouble. Good words that are uplifting and said in a caring and loving manner not in a manner to hurt keep people out of trouble.
Do you ever tell your children to be careful when they leave home?
3 Careful words make for a careful life;
careless talk may ruin everything.
How many times when you were growing up did you parents tell you to “Be Careful?” I know it seemed like every time I went outside to play or as I began driving when I left home, my parents would say “Be Careful.” If we are not careful, what can happen? Careful means guarding against making mistakes, being watchful. So if we are careful, nothing bad should happen to us. So the opposite of careful must be careless. Careless is not paying attention, doing something negligently.
If we do not watch our words we are saying we can cause problems for someone else or even ourselves. We can ruin lives by speaking things to people who are careless.
So being “full” of God can help us be “less” likely to cause us problems!
I could go on and on just in the book Proverbs where it speaks about “Words Can Hurt.” What can you do about not speaking these words?
First, spend time with The Lord, Learn His Word, Pray About it. Having God in our heart is the only way to ensure you speak good words and even then we fail. We must practice this daily. It’s not something we learn like riding a bicycle and we will always remember. It’s something that must be worked on. It’s something that must be watched. It’s something we must be mindful of.
Karen Ehman has a great book entitled, “Keep It Shut: What to Say, How to Say it, and When to Say Nothing At All.” She helps guide us through the chapters and God’s word on how we can begin working on our words. Sometimes we do not even have to speak – really? If you would like to read more about this, please click here for more information.
Will you spend more time being more careful with your words so you will be less likely to “HURT SOMEONE WITH YOUR WORDS?”