We read passages in the Bible that talk about how powerful our tongue is, we've used their word battles between each other and friends as prime examples of how hurtful our words can truly be and acted out scenarios as to the proper respond to words that break through to the heart.
But our words don't magically become less intrusive and hurtful when we grow up.
I know some adults whose insecurities have been created by the words of other people.
I know marriages that have crumbled because of the tone of voice behind the words being spoken.
I have seen kids cower in fear by the harshness of words from their parents.
Our very spirit can be altered because of unruly words.
Just because we have grown up doesn't mean we have free reign to say whatever we want.
Just because we are believers doesn't mean we have the freedom to say (or write) whatever we want.
Measure the weight of your words BEFORE they are released from the thresh hold of your mouth.
Are they bringing peace or calamity?
Do they bring hope or are they killing someone's spirit?
Are they meant to build up or tear down?
Are we so adamant about getting our point across that we lose sight of the other person's feelings?
"Words kill, words give life; they're either poison or fruit - you choose."