Words are powerful. The beauty of language is that it gives us a way to truly express how we feel. But the downside is words have the power to build us up or to tear us down.
Maybe you’ve found yourself leaving a conversation huffing and puffing saying, “I can’t believe they said that to me, how rude.”
We know we shouldn’t let people’s hurtful words pierce our hearts or affect our view of ourselves, but sometimes it is inevitable.
Proverbs 4:23 says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
For years I worked in youth ministry. I counseled young woman and encouraged them in their walk with Christ. These young women would come up to me and say things like. I just feel ugly, I feel depressed, I have no hope, I’m just miserable.” These were either words spoken to them by a peer or just a lie they took in as truth from the enemy.
Guarding your heart against offense can be one of the most rewarding things a person can do for his or her soul. But what if the cruel words being said to you are from your own mouth?
What if you are the offender?
The Bible tells us there is power of life and death in our tongue. So let your words be life today. And if you are having trouble thinking of kind words to say to yourself listen to Lauren Daigle’s single, “You Say” it is seriously my anthem right now!