Words from our mouths may wound others deeply, into the depths of another persons heart and may take years to heal. Sometimes they never heal. Teachers or parents who belittle a child’s intelligence, by calling them stupid or ignorant can cause them damage for years. Those who knock another persons religion, create divisions, and hatred , could cause wars. Those who make fun of the elderly, special, or handicapped persons by calling them names, appears to be the rule rather than the exception.
Managing our tongue requires much prayer and practice. We cannot change others from making wicked statements.
James 3:8 ” But no human being can tame the tongue full of deadly poison.” The stories of teens making fun, mentally and physically torturing them to point of suicide.
Proverbs 8: 21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and who loves it will eat its fruits.” These suicides cannot be healed, it is too late. There are so many wounds for a family to grasp, that are confronting our youth today. My prayers are with them all.
We have so many serious disconnects in our society. Road Rage for example; Having to make sure you do not offend someone or they will verbally abuse or shoot you. How did we get this wicked? Our children feel free to be rude verbally to everyone, demonstrating no respect. Parents that verbally and physically abuse their children can seriously damage their self image causing lower self esteem. We all have witnessed it and we all have done it at one time or another. We find it easier to say mean things than to complement someone else. Lets encourage one another and praise God for all he has given us.
Matthew 12:36-37 “I tell you on the day of Judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be condemned.”