Matthew 12:36-37 ” But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words, you will be condemned.”

Proverbs 25:11 11″ A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.”

Proverbs 12:18 ” Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”

Matthew 15:18 ” But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man and clean.”

These are very strong scriptures pertaining to the words we speak. We have the power to either speak life into someone, or to completely crush their spirit with what we say. Do we use our words in a way that builds up, encourages, that brings life to someone; or do we use our words tear down and wound?

So often people use their words as sword’s, they rip into people’s heart and do so much damage; sometimes a lifetime’s worth. I myself have had things said to me that crushed my spirit, wounded my heart, and has taken me a long time to move past. There have been times when I have permitted words to dictate my actions or make me believe lies. We especially need to be careful with children their hearts are so very tender and the words we use carry so much weight.

As parents use their words in negative ways towards their children they may feel really big and powerful, but in actuality, it just shows how immature and childish they are. It does not take a lot for a parent to out talk a child; after all, we’ve had much longer to learn many more words then
they. In our society with so much negativity, so many things to steal our child hearts and minds we should be ever vigilant to use our words to build up, bring trust, give hope, show love and be an example of how our children should treat others.

I truly ask the Lord to help me not to say things that are negative and hurtful to anyone. I never want to be responsible for crushing a spirit, or causing someone pain. As we mature in the Lord spiritually, we should also mature in the way we speak and act towards others. These should
be our prayer:

Matthew 7:12 says: “So in everything, due to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

Psalm 19:14 “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

I want my heart right before the Lord so that my words are kind and loving. I want those around me to not only see Jesus in me but to hear him when I speak.