Poison Words




Why are you speaking words

of division?


Why do you tell one person

negative things about another?


Swaying friends’ opinions

when they two were at peace?


Stale water and fresh water

should not be coming out

of the same spring


Words of gossip

words of condescension

words of poison,

so the Word says


The enemy is the divider

and our God is the Unifier


Whose team do you want to be on anyway?


Use your words to bless,

not curse


Edify the Body of Christ


– Susie Stewart


…a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. And among all the parts of the body, 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.

People can tame all kinds of animals, birds, reptiles, and fish, but no one can tame the tongue. It is restless and evil, full of deadly poison. Sometimes it praises our Lord and Father, and sometimes it curses those who have been made in the image of God.  And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right!  Does a spring of water bubble out with both fresh water and bitter water?  Does a fig tree produce olives, or a grapevine produce figs? No, and you can’t draw fresh water from a salty spring.

– James 3:5-12 (NLT)


Photo by Arik Stewart


One thought on “Poison Words

  1. Our words are never neutral-they either breathe life or minister death to those who hear. I fail many times, but I want to be a life-giver and a light-bearer. Thank you for the reminder.

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