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Proverbs 25:11 states, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” We really cannot comprehend how helpful or hurtful our words to another can be. There’s an old rhyme which states, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How untrue that is!

Dr. Charles Swindoll shares a story in one of his books about a woman who committed suicide. Apparently more than one person had stated something to her that cut very deeply, enough that she took her own life! There was a note left unfinished next to her that simply said, “They said… “

Whatever they said was so overwhelmingly difficult for her that she could not handle it.

The Bible commands the Christian in Titus 3:2, “to speak evil of no man.” We would be wise to follow that for we never know what harm we might initiate upon some poor soul that is already discouraged about life. Look at what company “evil speaking” keeps in Ephesians 4:31-32, “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, but put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.”

Proverbs 18:21a states, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”

Think about it. 

Cliff Henry is the pastor of Greenland Baptist Church. He can be reached at​