If you ain’t got nothing nice to say…

This blog won’t be very long. But what I’m about to write has been on my heart for quite a while. Remember being told if you ain’t go nothing nice to say, don’t say nothing at all? It was likely  your mom, dad, or grandparents who told you that. And you were probably a child. However, all things considered, I feel we could all use the reminder.

Proverbs 18:21 tells us that the power of life and death are in the tongue. That old saying sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me was a total lie. There is power in our words. Our words can build up or they can tear down. Too often, we use our words to hurt and belittle instead of using them to encourage and build up. This should not be so.

Matthew 15:18 tells us that the mouth is an overflow of the heart. If our heart is full of hatred, that’s what is going to come out of our mouth. If our heart is full of love and grace, that’s what will come out of mouth.

We should not use our words to be offensive. If we are speaking God’s truth, and people are offended by it, so be it. But we should not aim to offend everyone we meet. This could greatly hurt our witness. Yes, Christ was offensive, but He was offensive because He spoke truth. He wasn’t offensive because he called people names and made them feel small.

Let us remember to speak with love, kindness, and grace. Words meant to harm have no business coming out of our mouths.

God bless you guys.

Suggested: Is Swearing a Sin?

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