Your words are so weighty that they have the power to bring life or release death… Proverbs 18:21 (TPT)
Susannah Heschel said of her Father, the great Rabbi Abraham Heschel:
“Words, he often wrote, are themselves sacred, God’s tool for creating the universe, and our tools for bringing holiness — or evil — into the world. He used to remind us that the Holocaust did not begin with the building of crematoria, and Hitler did not come to power with tanks and guns; it all began with uttering evil words, with defamation, with language and propaganda. Words create worlds he used to tell me when I was a child. They must be used very carefully. Some words, once having been uttered, gain eternity and can never be withdrawn.” (1).
We spend words so easily, often thoughtlessly, without wondering how’ll they’ll ripple out after they drop into the hearts and minds of those who hear them.