Ephesians 4:29 Don’t let any unwholesome talks come out of your mouth but only that which is helpful for the lifting up of other according to their needs that it may benefit those who listen
We do a lot of talking throughout life. We talk to people, we talk with people, and we talk about people. With all of this talking we’re doing how much of it is of any benefit.
I find myself now reflecting on the things I say to people. I do this because I know how I feel when I hear certain things. whether it be from a stranger or someone I know. In the end WORDS HURT. no matter what we were taught to believe as a child words do have a lasting impact. For instance, when I was younger I was told that boys would not like me if i’m fat. I was always described as pretty but fat. It wasn’t until I started hearing this at home that I thought it was true.. It took a LONG TIME for me to be okay with who I am at whatever size. Am I on a weight loss journey? Yes, but now it’s healthy because i’m not doing it so someone can stop calling me fat or so some man will like me. To be honest it’s only been maybe the past 2 years that I’ve been feeling better about myself because I have people around me who will say i’m beautiful or don’t always make my weight a topic of conversation.
It really makes me upset when i’m around a group of people (especially a group of believers) and they are talking about someone or negatively making fun of someone. We are supposed to be the salt of the earth. We are supposed to be the compassionate ones, the ones people can go to when they’re upset, and the ones who are there to uplift. Now how are we supposed to get this done if we’re always talking about and making fun of people. One of the most common critiques I’ve heard about regular church goers is that we’re mean. I’ve asked a few people before why they thought this and I always get the same answer. “They’re always gossiping and talking about people” I myself was going to a church and overheard some of the people in the church that were in a respected position make fun of a young lady’s weight and another young womans hair. Now don’t get me wrong we’re all human and we all do it from time to time but that doesn’t make it right.
According to Save.org, Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15-24
At the end of the day we have to be better people. We have to be the one’s who inspire others to be better. So please pay attention to what you say. You never know when your words can be the difference between life and death for someone.
Peace, Love, and Blessings