A post from several years ago about the power of our words.
21“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell of fire. 23So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. Matthew 5:21-26
So I am going to say I hope that no one reading this is guilty of actually murdering someone. That being said I think we are all to blame for killing someone with our words. I think we all have said things in anger or jokingly that we did not mean. I know I have done this.
When I was in high school I was the athletic trainer for the football and boys basketball team. It was fun. I really enjoyed it; it was a way for me to be involved in sports since a birth defect prevented me from actually playing. My freshman year I worked with the varsity boys basketball team. I was almost the youngest student in my grade, so this was very intimidating for me at times. I knew most of the juniors on the team since my sister was in that class, but the seniors just seemed so much older; I was only 14 at that time. That year I watched as the seniors would make fun of everyone on the bus, even our assistant coaches.
Unfortunately that habit was passed down at least until my fellow classmates were seniors. We never meant anything by what we said, but I know it hurt some of the younger players at times. I do not think I understood the depth of this until a close friend from church told me they should put a plaque in the locker room declaring my class the king of the put downs. This was a friend I admired because of his intelligence and discernment. When he told me this I began to realize how what we were saying might be hurting those younger than us. Not only were we perpetuating bad habits, we were also destroying their confidence. We should have been building them up and encouraging them, but yet we were doing the opposite.
Hopefully you have never hurt someone this bad, but I am guessing most of you have. For some strange and tragic reason our current culture glorifies this type of behavior. Well, if we are going to follow Him and be set apart we have to change and do something different. Today I implore you to speak words of truth and love and kindness to those in your path. Leave His footprints today by leaving His words of life.