Proverbs 18:21 tells us that both life and death are in the power of the tongue. To anyone that says “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me” only makes me want to reply with “liar, liar, pants on fire!” Words do hurt, and they can cause extreme emotional pain. The more often we hear the same words over and over, the more likely we are to believe them. We begin to set our personal identity in the words we hear about ourselves. With just a few words, we can make someone’s day or shred them to pieces. Words can breed anger, resentment, and hatred or they can grow faith, trust, and love. What words are you saying to each other, especially when you are angry with each other? Commit to using words that build each other up and strengthen the bond of your marriage.

Life and death are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
—Proverbs 18:21

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