Whoever came up with the phrase “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me,” was a fool. You know as well as I do that words can hurt people severely. Words cut to the soul. They permanently fracture relationships, and they can do a lifetime of emotional damage. In fact, I believe verbal abuse in your marriage and family can do MORE damage than physical abuse.
Words that are carelessly spoken can be devastating to the people you love most.
Negative words and phrases include…
- That’s stupid.
- You’re an idiot.
- Don’t be dumb.
- You never understand.
- You make no sense.
- Back-handed compliments
- Words spoken in anger
Words and phrases that build up are …
- I love you.
- I’m proud of you.
- I forgive you.
- Thank you.
- I appreciate you.
- You can do it.
- Don’t give up.
- No matter what, I’m here for you.
- Did you have a good day?
- Good job.
God has given us the gift of speech, and you have the power to use your words to hurt someone or heal someone. You’ll use them today to either build up or tear down. “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).
Today make an effort to use words that build up … not that tear down.
Can you think of any other words or phrases that tear down or build up?