There’s something about the things people say to us that have a strong impact on us. On top of that, the negative things said to us have an even stronger impact. There are, unfortunately, people out there who will use their words to hurt others. We have to learn how to deal with hurtful words and how to make sure we don’t use our words to hurt others.
When people speak negatively about us, we (sadly) usually take them to heart, even though these things are hardly ever true. A lot of times, we even begin to define ourselves with these negative things people say about us. We need to be aware that words are powerful; just because someone says something about you doesn’t mean it’s true.
Of course, there’s a difference between words said in spite and words, though they sound negative, said in love. It shouldn’t be hard to tell between them, though. When things are said in love, we can sometimes evaluate ourselves with them. But words said in spite are rarely true and intended to hurt us.
In the end, it’s up to us to go to God with whatever is hurting us. He can give you strength when the world is weighing you down.
Now, on the other hand, we sometimes are the ones that hurt others. In anger we might say something hurtful. Or, having been hurt ourselves, we feel the need to hurt others. The thing to remember is that, whatever you say, you cannot take it back. The words, good or bad, have taken their effect. It is so important to not only be careful of what we say, but to use our words to encourage others.
If you have time, listen to Hero by Superchick.
Take the time to use your words to encourage others. Make the effort to guard your words so that you don’t hurt others. It can make a bigger impact than you will ever realize.