Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names will never hurt me! It's just a childhood chant, but although we can put up a good front about hurtful words not hurting, the truth is they can be damaging at any age.
More importantly, it's the "good" words that hold the true power.
My question is this...why waste time on discouraging words, knowing how powerful encouraging words can be?
This from Max Lucado's Grace for the Moment, Volume 2:
WORDS OF STRENGTH
When you talk, do not say harmful things, but say what people need—words that will help others become stronger. - Ephesians 4:29
Before you speak, ask: Will what I’m about to say help others become stronger?
You have the ability, with your words, to make a person stronger. Your words are to their soul what a vitamin is to their body. If you had food and saw someone starving, would you not share it? If you had water and saw someone dying of thirst, would you not give it? Of course you would. Then won’t you do the same for their hearts? Your words are food and water!
Do not withhold encouragement from the discouraged.
Do not keep affirmation from the beaten down!
Speak words that make people stronger. Believe in them as God has believed in you.
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