“Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.” (Matthew 12:34–36, NIV 1984).
My Musings – “Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” A little rhyme we used to say when we were kids and other kids were trash talking to us. Of course, words can and do hurt. Whether said in person, behind someone’s back or posted on social media. Once said, or written, they cannot be taken back. Friendships, marriages and other relationships can be irreparably damaged. They can even ignite wars. Even the truth can be “weaponized” if spoken carelessly or with evil intent.
The tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts. Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and creatures of the sea are being tamed and have been tamed by man, but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. (James 3:5–10, NIV 1984).
My Advice – We need to watch what we say and write.