Why do we allow words to have so much power? We allow ourselves to get upset or frustrated by the words someone else says. They have not taken an action, they have just said words. The old adage,” sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me” is not true in lots of cases. It may not be a physical hurt, but an emotional hurt.
Why do we jump to that place with mere words? I can think of only one thing… Pride. We need to confess our failings of this and apologies to those who have felt the brunt of it. My focus here is not on the words or the way they were delivered, just the actions that come after. We cannot blame others words for causing us to do something. As a matter of fact, we cannot blame anything someone else does for the actions/reactions we present afterwords.
If you believe God is who He says He is, then we need to evaluate this behavior in ourselves. God said “I AM” and “no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him.” If I truly believe this then I will work to correct the “I am, I want, I expect, I demand” attitude I exhibit based on the words of others. Oh that we would never let our emotions get the better of us again would be a great feat, but realistically look to apologies and fix things as quickly after they happen.
God is the master, we are but His messengers. What message are you sending with your actions?