I never ever say anything to purposely hurt anyone but I wonder how many times my words have hurt someone.
I was reading in Proverbs yesterday, Here's just a few things God has to say about controlling our words.
An anxious heart weighs a man down, but a kind word cheers him up. Proverbs 12:25
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. Proverbs 15:1
The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly. Proverbs 15:2
The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.
The discerning heart seeks knowledge, but the mouth of a foll feeds on folly. Proverbs 15:14
A hot-tempered man stirs up dissension, but a patient man calms a quarrel. Proverbs 15:18
There are soooo many scriptures regarding our words, these are just a few. God spoke the earth into existence, Jesus spoke Nazareth back from the dead. Our words can build someone up or tear someone down. They can spread hope and encouragement or fear and hurt.