The Fountain Day 100: Harsh

In our current culture it seems that rude, dishonoring words are far more ample than toilet paper at the grocery store.  People sit at home and peruse social media for purposes of cutting others down and berating their lives, thoughts, and beliefs.  These people are cowards.  They say whatever they want because they will never face the ones they criticize and will never be held accountable. 

Our world’s full of people with one thing in common…they’re harsh. 

When I was in my pre-redeemed state, I suffered from great amounts of harshness.  My tongue was sharp as a sword.  But all my rude talk was indicative of my broken heart.  I was wounded deeply and needed relief from Jesus…that’s what these people need as well.

People who are genuinely joyful and content are kind, not harsh.  So, you can rest assured that those who criticize your every move…are really just dissatisfied with their own lives and are lashing out on others. 

It is hard to have a gentle response to a harsh word, but it IS still the right thing to do. 

Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.  Proverbs 12:18

Kind words are like honey- sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.  Proverbs 16:24

In a world full of hurting and lost people, we carry one of the most powerful things of all…kind words.

There have been several times in my life when a single person’s kind words shifted my life into a better position.  Words can truly build you up. They can breathe fresh life into your weary bones.  They can help you live to fight another day.

With words, God spoke things into existence.  Jesus used words to call Lazarus out of the tomb.  Many were healed with one word from Him, as well…and with a final word, Jesus surrendered Himself to the grave. 

Words are powerful. 

Scoundrels create trouble; their words are a destructive blaze.  A troublemaker plants seeds of strife; gossip separates the best of friends.  Proverbs 16:27-28

Our words are important. Controlling our tongues is nigh impossible…but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

And let’s not forget…on our final day, we will stand before God and answer for every idle word we’ve spoken. 

And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak.  The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.  Matthew 12:36-37

God, please forgive me for every wrong word I have spoken.  Forgive any words I’ve spoken that have dishonored others.  Help me, Lord, to hold my tongue more often.  Teach me how to speak life.  Always let me be mindful of the gravity of my words.  I desire to honor You in all I do.  I love You.  In Jesus’ name, amen.