1.09.2017

Word that Kill- Words that heal.

Whoever came up with the phrase "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me," was a fool. Believe me, words can hurt people severely.
Words that are carelessly spoken can be devastating and destructive. All too often, our conversations with others are filled with complaints, cut-downs, and criticisms. We are quick to judge others by our own faulty standards. We are quick to gripe when we do not have our way. In instances like these, we speak negative words that hurt and tear people down. When you choose to tear down instead of build up you do damage to your relationship with your children, with your spouse, with your friends, and with your co-workers.
Negative words and phrases include...
• That's stupid.
• You're an idiot.
• Don't be dumb.
• You never understand.
• You make no sense.
• Complaints
• Criticism
• Yelling
• Back-handed compliments
• Words are spoken in anger
Words and phrases that build up are ...
• I love you.
• I'm proud of you.
• I forgive you.
• Thank you.
• I appreciate you.
• You can do it.
• Don't give up.
• No matter what, I'm here for you.
• Did you have a good day?
• Good job.
God has given us the gift of speech. How have we used it? Words can hurt and words can heal. They can build up or tear down. "Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing" (Proverbs 12:18). What we need to do is "Encourage one another daily" (Hebrews 3:13). Let’s use our words each day to do just that!
Your tongue can either build up or bomb your marriage. Use it wisely!

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