Do Your Words Hurt or Heal?
Is it true that “Sticks and stones may break my bones (but words will never hurt me)? As small children we used to chant this when we were on the defense. But is this really true?
God’s Word says in the Book of Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.” Those are serious results to words spoken.
Words have the power within themselves to destroy or restore, to make sick or to heal, to weaken or to strengthen. Words either curse or they bless.
What if one constantly speaks out that he is nothing but a poor man. What will he be? He will be poor. By his own mouth he curses his finances.
Proverbs 23:7a, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.” And Matthew 15:18 reveals the end result of negative thinking, “But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and those defile the man.”
If another says she is always sick and tired, how will her body respond? It will be sick and tired. By the power of her own words she wears out her physical body and destroys her health.
Proverbs 16:24 shares insight to the power of positive words and the physical effects they have upon our minds, emotions and bodies when spoken. “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
What happens when a husband and wife constantly tear each other down with words of insults? They become hurt, angry and bitter towards one another. And eventually, they destroy their relationship. Proverbs 15:1b tells us that harsh words stir up anger. And Proverbs 18:19a says, “A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city”
Negative words hurt you and others, and sometimes their damage is almost irreversible. Choose your words well and heal, instead of hurt.
Scripture Reading: Proverbs 25.
Becky Dvorak is a prophetic healing evangelist and the Destiny Image author of DARE to Believe, Greater Than Magic and The Healing Creed. Visit her at authorbeckydvorak.com.