When I was a child, asking “do you promise” or saying “I promise” made you really consider and take seriously your words. It gave the person you were saying it to assurance that you would do as you said. But thinking back, it meant that a simple yes or no had less meaning when not followed by it.
Jesus tells us that:
– Matthew 12:34
I wonder what the world would be like with complete honesty and complete trustworthiness, without embellishment and exaggeration. With kindness and love. I admit that I use exaggeration as a tool to get my point across (with disclosure afterwards of course!). But after reflecting on these words, perhaps it’s time to consider my words more carefully.
– Matthew 12:36-37
I’m sure growing up that you heard or like me even sang “sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me”. Probably in an attempt to develop resiliency. Yet words have such power. I’m thinking in the context of bullying especially with the challenges our teens today face. When I was growing up, there was no internet and of course no social media. Our youth today face words far more often and on different platforms.
I’m resolving to take captive every thought and make it submit to God, consider my words before they leave my mouth, and to build up rather than tear down.
A while ago I heard this, when you speak, THINK,
T is it truthful
H is it helpful
I is it inspiring
N is it necessary
K is it kind
What has been your experience with the power of words?