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Bible Ballistics: BBs #782 WORDS Can Help or Harm???


I have a brief word to share today, and I know I’ve talked a lot lately about our “words”, but I think it is important that we begin to realize that once those words come out of our mouth there is no “taking them back”!  The good that we can do goes beyond our imagination; yet the same is possibly even truer for the words that go out of our mouth to cause harm—be it intentional or simply thoughtless–for the affect words can have on others, sometimes for years, sometimes for a lifetime, are immeasurable!

The wounds our words can cause, may create pain, sorrow and/or scars that may take years to heal; or cause irreparable damage to someone—especially when they are flung at a child.  And I’m here to tell you that those words will replay in your heart and mind for years to come—no matter if you’re the thoughtless speaker of those words, or the broken-hearted recipient!  Please, Lord, help us see the need to guard our heart, our mind, and our words!

Let no corrupt communication

proceed out of your mouth,

but that which is good

to the use of edifying,

that it may minister grace

unto the hearers.

30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God,

whereby ye are sealed

 unto the day of redemption.

31 Let all bitterness,

and wrath,

and anger,

and clamour,

and evil speaking,

be put away from you,

 with all malice:

32 And be ye kind

one to another,


forgiving one another,

even as God

for Christ’s sake

hath forgiven you.”  Ephesians 4:29-32

Jesus’ own words, remind us that we must keep our hearts clean, to keep our mouth clean!!!

Take heed that ye despise not

one of these little ones;

for I say unto you,

That in heaven their angels do always behold

the face of my Father which is in heaven.

11 For the Son of man

 is come to save that which was lost…

…. 14 Even so it is not the will of your Father

which is in heaven,

that one of these little ones

should perish.”    Portions of Matthew 18:10-14

And whosoever shall offend

one of these little ones

 that believe in me,

it is better for him

that a millstone

were hanged about his neck,

and he were cast into the sea.”   Mark 18:42

Jesus had a lot to say about words as well as actions, and He makes it clear that our mouth can bless, or it can harm; and whatever comes out is what is in our heart.  As my mother used to say, “You can fool some of the people all of the time; and you can fool all of the people some of the time; but you can’t fool God!”  Ever!!!  We will answer for our choices—so we must pursue godly thoughts, which lead to godly words, which prayerfully will lead to godly actions in all our ways.  Choose wisely, there is a test.

So then every one of us

shall give account of himself

to God.”  Romans 14:12

Jesus’ own words should prick our hearts.  May He speak to you and me today!  Won’t you join me in praying the Father to touch my heart and make it pure before HIM!

A good man

out of the good treasure of the heart

bringeth forth good things:

and an evil man

out of the evil treasure

bringeth forth evil things.

36 But I say unto you,

That every idle word that men shall speak,

they shall give account thereof

in the day of judgment.

37 For by thy words

thou shalt be justified,

and by thy words

thou shalt be condemned.”  Matthew 12:35-37

And a closing word from the Psalmist!  ‘Nuff said!

Search me, O God,

and know my heart:

try me,

and know my thoughts:

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,

 and lead me in the way everlasting.”   Psalm 139:23-24

Amen and Amen!!!