You’ve heard the lie before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
The idea is that words—because they are invisible—cannot hurt us. But we know it isn’t true. The put down, the threat, the lie that cuts deeper than a knife.
Words can have a negative power.
BUT… they can have a positive power too.
First, it’s true for God. Psalm 50:1 says, “The Mighty One, God, the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to the place where it sets.” His word results in blessing.
Second, it’s true for human speech too. Our words can have a positive power which can result in blessing other people.
With all this in mind, I’d like to suggest an illustration. In the world of music there’s this thing called a “grace note.” It’s an extra sound which is not “needed” for the melody but adds a touch of beauty. Just for the joy of it.
We can think of the sun, the rain, and the breeze, as God’s grace notes—touches of beauty he gives to all of us. Just for the joy of it.
And we can also think of our own words in the same way–as grace notes, building up those around us in a crescendo of dignity and honour. Just for the joy of it.
Do you HAVE to do it? Of course not. That’s what makes it so meaningful. Grace notes: Immeasurable encouragement that surprise the soul. Just for the joy of it.
How will your words build someone up with dignity and honour today?
Remember: Your tongue just might be the most powerful muscle you have.
By Matthew Ruttan