Yesterday my dear friend posted this picture on Facebook after her two and four year olds attempted to brush their teeth on their own. Now to be perfectly honest, my kids are older and still do this! (sigh) My friend looked at the scene before her and saw a mess but she also saw wasted toothpaste that could not be put back into the tube. It was out there. Too late.
The same is for our words. We can not take words back once they are out there. We can not carefully shove them back in our mouth any more than we can carefully put toothpaste back into the tube. I know I have spoken on our words before but this topic is very important to me. Our words can make or break someone.
Recently I heard a women criticizing her husband for something very silly. While he tried to be tough and act like it didn't bother him, I saw his eyes. She was breaking his spirit. I've seen mothers yell and criticize their children and they think they are only correcting them, but they are doing it in a way that is breaking their spirit. Our words have impact.
Think back over yesterday. Were your words encouraging to those you communicated with? Did they uplift someone? Or did your words come out harsh and mean? Let's honor God with our words. Let's encourage others and show them the love of Christ. Today, watch your words.
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