Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can break your heart and wound your soul.
What I say and what is said to me matter. The tongue can be used as a weapon to harm and destroy or as a tool to build and heal. Institutions such as Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University have studied the effects of words on the human mind/body/spirit and found that the impact is profound. Harsh words, critical words, shaming words can create harmful responses such as suppressing the human immune system and slowing healing.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Solomon, Proverbs 18:21
What kind of impact do your words have?