What hurts the most? What the person said or how the person said it? To be honest, all of it could hurt. The words that were used, the tone that was given, and the non-verbal body language. Words can make a person feels great or not so great. Proverbs 6:24 (NIV) says, “Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.”
When I came across this scripture during my daily reading, I felt convicted. I have a tendency to be blunt and say what I mean without taking into account how I made the person feel. I realized my words were not sweet and healing to the body. I am learning to say what I mean without being so blunt and careless. That’s not who I am and that is not who I want to be either. As I take this journey of being mindful of what I say as well as how I say it, I want to implore you to ask yourself the following questions:
(1.) Are your words being harmful? (2.) Are you being ignored due to your rashness of words? (3.) Do people dislike talking to you?
If you answered, ‘Yes’, to any of these questions, take a moment of silence and prayer before you speak. Let your words be sweet to the soul and healing to the body. You never know what your words could cause another person to do or say.