The weapon of words
James 3:9 – With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.
A couple of verses before this one, James describes how the tongue is a small part of the body yet it has the biggest impacts. It’s like setting a whole forest on fire with one small spark.
You only realise just how much words can hurt once they’re used against you. They have the power to build someone up or completely tear someone down – whether it’s brick by brick or all at once. We all struggle with it – James says that all of us stumble in many ways. None of us are perfect, but we can always ask God to help us become better.
We can approach Him prayerfully, inviting Him into our weaknesses and asking Him to be our source of strength. In situations when emotions rise and you have so much to say, we can lean on Him to guide our words. We can lean on Him to help us forgive. We can rely on Him to help us.
A teacher at my school always used to say “tread carefully on other people’s dreams”. It shouldn’t just apply for their dreams, but their whole lives. Tread carefully with your words – they’re reckless weapons that leave more damage than we can know.