We have so much going on in the day that how our actions make another person feel is below our concern – or so many people seem to think. Every action we take can break a person’s heart, wound their spirit, drag them down emotionally – and can a toll over the long term. I remember that old rhyme, “Sticks and stones / May break my bones / But words will never hurt me.”
It’s wrong you know, words do hurt people. They can cut down to the core and wound the spirit of a person. But there are some powerful words that are strong enough to heal such wounds.
“I love you.”
These are the words we don’t say nearly enough.
James 3:9-12, “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. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs? Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.”
Let us strive to be a blessing and speak blessings to those around us – it certainly can’t hurt.