Proverbs 12:18 CEV Sharp words cut like a sword, but words of wisdom heal.

Our words can either cut or heal. They can hurt someone or help someone. It’s important to be mindful of what we say.

Calling children bad when they’re misbehaving is terrible. Our words are planting seeds in their life. We’re calling them bad one day and wonder why we’re bailing them out the next day. Use your words to build up and change their behavior.

Even if we’re joking, the power in our words can cause damage. If someone acts silly, responding with “you’re an idiot” can cause harm. We don’t know how that person feels about themselves, but calling them an idiot, could confirm the way they’ve been thinking about themselves. Then we wonder why depression and suicide is impacting society.

Our words can build and strengthen a city and our words can tear it all down. Just because you can’t see the destruction doesn’t mean destruction is not happening. Choose your words wisely.