Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me. This saying is definitely not true, so don’t let it fool you. Words are very powerful. They either build us up or tear us down.
A few weeks ago I heard this song called mean girls. This song is from an artist called Leanna Crawford. This blog post is inspired by her song. I am doing Leanna’s devotional called Mean Girls: The Power of Words, this week on YouVersion.
In the first day of the devotional I learned that broken bones will usually heal very quickly, but hurtful words can and will usually stick with us for a very long time.
All of us have probably said something hurtful to another person at some point in our lives. While we usually don’t remember the words we said to that person, the receiver of the hurtful words often does. “Mean girls don’t remember what they said. Well it’s funny ’cause I can’t seem to forget.“
It is very important that we learn to guard our tongues.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. James 3:9
I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak. Matthew 12:36
Those who guard their lips preserve their lives, but those who speak rashly will come to ruin. Proverbs 13:3
“We can’t always control what other people say about us or to us, but we can control what we say about others.“
We are often impacted by other people’s words. If someone says something unkind to us, we either brush it of and never think about it again, or we become greatly impacted by the other person’s words, and then we start to live in a very unhealthy pattern of life.
The only words that we should hold close to our hearts, are the words that God says about us. It is not always easy. But reading the Bible will help us with this. When we read the bible, and speak to God, we are reminded what he says about us.
Like I said above, pain from hurtful words might stick with us for a long time, or unfortunately sometimes even our whole life. Sometimes I am reminded all of a sudden of something hurtful that has been said to me, and then I usually ponder over it and wonder what the person meant. Instead of building an unhealthy pattern of worrying and pondering over what someone said, we can build a new and healthier pattern.
Every time when we are reminded of those hurtful words, we can declare the words that God says about us.