“What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words.”
Proverbs 18:21 (Today’s English Version)
“So it is with the tongue; small as it is, it can boast about great things. Just think how large a forest can be set on fire by a tiny flame.”
James 3:5 (Today’s English Version)
The Power of the Tongue!
How can something so small can be so soothing, persuasive, and dangerous at the same time? It does matter what you say.
I’m not talking about political (or cultural) correctness or self-censorship. However, our words do have consequences.
Have you ever said something you wished you shouldn’t? Yes, we all have. But once those words leave your mouth, you can’t take them back no matter how much you apologize.
Remember the old saying, “Sticks and Stones make break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Well, I disagree with that old saying. Because words can hurt sometimes deeper than getting punched or kicked.
The tongue is the holster for those words and knowing what not to say is just as important as knowing what to say.
The tongue is a powerful and revealing thing. Just be careful of what comes out of it.