“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Do you remember saying this when you were younger? Words can’t hurt me, but physically I can be hurt. Now that you’re older, how much have you seen this not to be true? Our words and other people’s words hurt!
That is what Solomon is saying here. Your words have an effect on people and it will either be a like a sword or a knife that stabs someone or it provides health or life for those that hear your words. Anger, frustration, bitterness, and wild emotions can cause us to have words like swords that only damage and wound. The Lord would have us be wise with what leaves our mouth and encourage, direct, and love others. I challenge you today, consider your words and how you speak to others!
Pastor Sean Boehm