Have you ever been having a great day and then someone cuts you to the quick with a few words? We all have.
Psalms 64:3 says, “They have sharpened their tongue like a sword. They aimed bitter speech as their arrow”. Isn’t that a great description? Someone who has bitter words takes aim in our direction and let’s their arrow fly. It strikes us in the heart. Those words can stop us in our tracks. Their words can cause doubt, anger, bitterness, and sorrow. Many times words are spoken without the author being aware of how they make us feel. Then there are those who have their tongues sharpened and ready to take aim.
Words can harm and words can heal. When truth is spoken it must be with love (Ephesians 4:15).
Words must be “seasoned with salt” (Colossians 4:6).
We must be “swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger” (James 1:19). Communication is the heart of unity.
How do we respond when this happens to us? Romans 12:20 says, “Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.” The same can be said about someone who speaks bitterness. Take a few seconds to think about what you have just heard, and then speak words of encouragement back to them. This may not be an easy thing to do, but doing what is right isn’t always easy.
Purpose in your heart to use your words to encourage and bless – they are treasured music to the soul.
Hope for Today, Dr. David Jeremiah