If I dropped my laptop from the roof, the chances are that when my computer hit the ground it would be in a million pieces.
I have first-hand knowledge of what other people’s words can do. The kids in school knew I had learning disabilities and had a hard time getting an education. They called me dummy, a word that has haunted me all of my life. I have always felt like I am not smart enough. Even now, there are times when I feel I am not intelligent enough to write devotions or go back to school.
We have to be careful about teasing people and think about how our words could affect someone. I will never forget the words of my seventh-grade teacher. When people were making fun of each other, he would ask, “Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?”
Forgetting words that are meant to be cruel is hard. When you speak to people, remember what you say could possibly bother someone for the rest of their life. Like my broken computer, your words could shatter someone into a million pieces. As believers, we need to encourage, not discourage.
Make sure your words don’t stab people but rather bring them healing.
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