We are accountable for the words we choose to use. As believers who have put off the old self and put on the new self, we have to make a conscious effort to move from using corrupting words to using encouraging words.
There’s a tension we may experience between truth and love: telling someone the truth doesn’t always seem loving, and sometimes loving people can feel as though it comes at the expense of telling the truth.
Most of us are desperate for hope—especially words of hope spoken to us by others. In difficult or terrible circumstances, hearing the right words can completely change our course. And here’s the thing about words of hope; they’re contagious.
Words have power. Power to build up or power to destroy. Armed with any other weapon as strong as words, you might be required to be trained and certified. That’s not a bad idea.