They are formed within seconds; many remembered for a lifetime. Some are sweet, and some sour. They come with various powers: comfort, peace, love, destruction, pain, heartbreak.
What am I talking about?….Words.
In Ephesians, Paul warns that our words have the power to encourage or discourage others; the power to hurt or to heal. We should be kind, gentle, patient, acting in love toward others as Jesus did when He lived here on earth.
I admit, shamefully, that I have spoken out or reacted in anger, frustration or pain many times toward others. I cannot take those words back and it hurts my heart so much to know I’ve hurt another through my careless words and actions. All I can do and, should do is ask for forgiveness from that person and from God.
And if you’ve ever been on the receiving end of harsh words and actions, you know what it feels like. It feels like someone took your heart out and crushed it by hand, or that you’ve literally been trampled on by a herd of wild elephants. Any way you try to describe the feeling, one word sums it up: heartache.
As followers of Jesus, let’s pray each day for the Holy Spirit to guard our hearts and tongues, and that all we say and do is pleasing to God and to others.