Words that Harm

Sep 17, 2021 | Bonnie Sala, Lifestyle

words that harm

It was a shocking story that gripped the nation. In 2002, 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart was abducted from her bed in the middle of the night in Salt Lake City, Utah. Nine months later she was recognized while walking down a street with her abductor.

Smart was initially kept chained to a tree. In time, chains became unnecessary. Words were enough. Her captor constantly threatened to kill her family if she did not comply with his demands. She later recounted, “I have been chained up with actual chains, but I have also been chained with words and I can tell you that words are so much stronger than actual chains.”



Words can be powerfully destructive.  Look at yourself. Who else would want you? You are the worst thing that ever happened in this family.  You’re worthless. The Bible speaks about the power of the tongue: “The tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself…But no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.” (James 3:6,8) That’s why we need to make Psalm 141:3 a daily prayer: “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips!” Will you pray that with me today?

Resource Reading:  Psalm 141:1-10

It is Bonnie’s joy to lead Guidelines in its second generation. Bonnie is passionate about sharing the ministry’s devotionals around the world with those who are unreached, new to Christianity or living under persecution. An enthusiastic cultivator of partnership, she has led Guidelines’ substantial international expansion. Bonnie writes and hosts “Reset with Bonnie Sala” and is an author and speaker. She has two adult sons and enjoys traveling anywhere with her husband, Kevin Condrin.

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