Monday, June 1, 2009

Sticks and Stones Will Break My Bones, But....

"The tongue can bring death or life..." Proverbs 18:21

After discovering her body and trying to come to grasp with the 'why's', a suicide note was found. Two words. "They said..."

The power of life and death truly is in the tongue.

We all wield this weapon of mass destruction, yet at the same time this tool has great potential for good. On it's own it is neutral. It's the coupling with our heart that fuels it for good or evil.

Words alone are weightless, yet they can crush or empower. Build up or tear down. Encourage or devour.

Charles Swindoll has said that "gossip is the Christian's favourite indoor sport."

Stephen L. Talbott said, "The flood of careless, unconsidered, cheap words is the greatest enemy of the profound word."

Mark Twain said, "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and the lightning bug."

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote, "Words are alive. Cut them and they bleed."

Mother Teresa said, "Words which do not give the light of Christ increase the darkness."

Napoleon Hill said, "Think twice before you speak, because your words and influence will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another."

A Chinese Proverb says,"Words are the keys to the heart."

“The language we use to communicate with one another is like a knife. In the hands of a careful and skilled surgeon, a knife can work to do great good. But in the hands of a careless or ignorant person, a knife can cause great harm.” (Unknown)

"Many things in this world are opened by mistake, but none so many as the mouth."

"Sometimes the best word said is the one not spoken."

"For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks." Jesus Christ

What words are echoing in the minds of others because of your speech?

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