Words of Mass Destruction


The Cure for Toxic Talk

Just as we align our thoughts with [God’s] thoughts, so should we align our words with his truth. – Craig Groeschel (founding and senior pastor of Life.Church)

Key Bible Verse: The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18, NIV)

Dig Deeper: Proverbs 12:6, 13-25

[You probably have] heard the childhood mantra, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Just because it’s spouted by first graders doesn’t mean it’s true. Perhaps the adult translation of this age-old adage is more like, “Sticks and stones can bruise your body for a few days, but words can scar your soul for life.”

Like a neutron bomb which annihilates human life but leaves buildings intact, words can devastate. Your body may remain unharmed, but your heart suffers the deadly shrapnel of painful phrases. David, who knew a thing ot two about having enemies in high places, wrote that evildoers “sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows” (Ps. 64:3, NIV). Whether you’re 18 or 80, you can probably recall the pain of someone’s harsh words scalding your soul. Maybe you still hear the message from years ago, playing an endless loop in your mind, echoing inside you every day: “You’ll never amount to anything,” “I wish I never had you,” “You’re nothing like your brother,” “I’m sick of you,” “I never loved you,” “You’ll never change.” [continued 4/5]

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