The power of the words that come out of our mouths many times affects other people in a negative way.
With his mouth the ungodly destroys his neighbor. – Proverbs 11:9a, HCSB
We can destroy other people's lives by our lips. That is power. The way that many people use their money is to have power over people. The wrong people in power can destroy a nation. But the average person can damage the emotional well-being or even the reputation of their family members, friends, acquaintances, coworkers, or classmates.
When we talk about someone's personal business to the wrong people, we can ruin relationships.
A contrary man spreads conflict, and a gossip separates close friends. – Proverbs 16:28, HCSB
A man giving false testimony against his neighbor is like a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow. – Proverbs 25:18, HCSB
A lying tongue hates those it crushes, and a flattering mouth causes ruin. – Proverbs 26:28, HCSB
And lastly, the Bible teaches that keeping “Evil associations corrupt good manners.” (I Corinthians 15:33, KJ21) So giving into peer pressure from others about how you treat someone else will change your heart to where you begin to mistreat others with your own lips. We have all been guilty of that just to fit in with people.
For example, when the message of Christianity was spreading, there were people who convinced others to think badly about new Christians to cause as much trouble to come their way as possible.
But the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles and planted evil in their minds against the brethren. – Acts 14:2, KJ21
This continues today. There is a lot of negative peer pressure against Christianity in the world today that others give into that causes them to mock Christians instead of seek to learn what we are about. That's an example, but peer pressure can cause us to use the power of our words to hurt anyone for many different reasons just because we want to keep the friends we already have or gain some friends we think are cool or will make us feel like we belong. But…
How happy is the man who does not follow the advice of the wicked or take the path of sinners
or join a group of mockers! – Psalm 1:1, HCSB
In the upcoming article, we will explore more about what the Bible teaches regarding the harm our lips can do to others: The inescapable power of words VIII, they will too hurt