Hold Your Tongue


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Article Credit: Bessie Stewart-Banks

Have you noticed lately that in today’s society many people are saying just about any and everything without taking into consideration of how their words may harm others?  If you haven’t, I have and it has gotten to be a bit ridiculous to say the less.

While growing up there was a saying that my mother would always use when she noticed that my siblings and I were using unkind words toward one another or to other people that were in close proximity to us.  The statement goes a little like this: Everything that comes up doesn’t necessarily have to come out.

Now that I am older with an adult child and one on the brink of being an adult I find myself saying the very same thing to them.  I do so because there are so many people (young and old) who seem to think that they can say any and everything without taking into consideration of how their words may have an adverse effect on the person or persons it is geared toward.

There are some people, however, who simply do not care what they say and how negatively it impacts others.  Some psychologists would suggest that hurt people hurt people; in turn, some people can only exhibit what they have experienced themselves.

Subsequently, in an age where anything goes in regards to the words used to express one’s thoughts or feelings about a particular subject matter; we must remain conscientious of how damaging our words could be to others.  As the word of God in Proverbs 18:21 (NLT) states,” The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”  In other words, those things that we speak should encourage, esteem and build others up rather than spoken to destroy and tear down.

Nonetheless, we should think before we speak or otherwise hold our tongues if we do not have a kind word to speak.  For whatever we sow in words we will indeed reap.

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8 thoughts on “Hold Your Tongue

  1. So true! It’s really a shame to see how so many individuals lack tactfulness & common courtesy
    I saw your link on Marquessa’s blog, you’re also welcome to visit anytime 🙂

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  2. This is especially true of the digital world. People feel anonymous so they don’t feel ownership or real connection. The worst of some people truly comes out on social media!
    Very relevant post, thanks!

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  3. The phrase, “actions speak louder than words,” overlooks that understanding that speaking is an action. While speaking doesn’t demolish or construct buildings, but is does demolish or build up a person’s sense of self.

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    1. I like your analogy of the construction of a building and the way words can build or demolish a person’s perception of themselves.


  4. Yes. We need to think before we speak. Hugs.

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  5. Reblogged this on The rePurposed Life and commented:
    Recently, a teenager said, “You know, people say words don’t hurt, but they do. Words hurt.”

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    1. Thank you for the reblog and I hope the content helps someone.


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