But whatever [word] comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this is what defiles and dishonors the man. Matthew 15:18
The phrase “Bricks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” is a LIE! Of course words can hurt. They can hurt in ways we cannot always see. Hurtful words can leave scars. They can wound a person’s spirit. They can touch to the core of a person’s heart. Hurtful words can also contribute in demeaning a person’s self-esteem, their self-worth. For some people it can take years to recover from the damage. And only God can heal a person’s spirit. Our words are to be ‘seasoned with salt,’ so we will know how to respond to a person, and when to speak. Our words are to be gracious, but also to have an effect, or purifying influence. We need the Holy Spirit to help us daily in our communication.