Proverbs 18:21 – The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
What are you saying?
I forget how powerful the words we speak can really be – especially the ones that speak to and against others. With your tongue you can speak life or death over someone else. You can build them up or you can tear them down. It’s one of the most powerful weapons each of us own.
I used to hear people say things like that all the time, and think to myself how I’m never nasty to someone in person. Perhaps I’d say a few things behind their back, but surely they’ll never know so it couldn’t possibly tear them down. A good example is the latest US presidential election. I bet roughly 90% of people had something not so nice to say about either/both of the candidates running. Whether people said it publicly or only to their closest friend, it’s all the same.
We are all children of God. God has a plan and purpose for each of us. He is a Father to every single person here on this earth, regardless of who they are, what they’ve done or whether or not they believe in Him. We are all sons and daughters of the most High King. No one is excluded from His love and no one is too far out of His reach.
So we should treat each other like the brothers and sisters that we are. I heard someone say recently that if you’re not in a place to speak constructive criticism into someone’s life (you can only be in such a place if you’re invited to be there by said person, FYI) then you should say nothing at all.
Pray for them instead. And from that place, find the strength to love them.