You’re stupid. You’re fat. You’ll never be any good.

Has anyone ever said something that stuck for years? I still remember the guy at our middle school who l_1ee20644dde44cfdbc241013b3c1d1adcalled me ugly. Words like that hurt, especially when you’re already having issues.

Words can not only soothe and calm, but they can also hit so deep they wound forever. They’re what I call emotional bullets. They hit the target deeper than a fist. Regular bruises disappear within days, but emotional bruises last a lifetime.

Ephesians 4:29, Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. We must not allow our words to hurt others. They should be used to teach and to heal, not harm. Too often these days we use our words, whether written or oral, to bully and to hurt others.

Below is a great poem to remember from  Richelle E. Goodrich’s book Smile Anyway: Quotes, Verse, & Grumblings for Every Day of the Year.

Silly words cause trills
because they’re ludicrous and funny.
Happy words paint endless smiles
and swallow troubles whole.
Thoughtful words are thus
because they make the day feel sunny.
But hurtful words are such
that pierce the heart and weigh the soul.

 

bulletsHurtful words cut deep while kind words heal. Make sure to use those that build up and not tear down.

You never know what someone is going through. Your words could be the only kind part of someone’s day. So choose your words wisely. Make sure any words are positive and do not destroy another.

The more you use kind words, the better you will make someone feel. Isn’t it time our emotional bullets heal instead of hurt?

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