There is an old hymn I would like to share with you that some of you may have sung many years ago.  I know I did growing up, but I grew up in a different denominational church than the one I worship and serve in now.  The title of the song is “Angry Words”, but I have replaced that for this note with “Hurtful Words”, because we need to know that words are powerful and when they leave our mouth (or we hit send via a text or social media) they “hit” there intended target.

Let us be reminded of the words of Jesus “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” (Mt 12:34–37)


“1. Hurtful words! O let them never,

From the tongue unbridled slip,

May the heart’s best impulse ever,

Check them ere they soil the lip.


  1. Love is much too pure and holy,

Friendship is too sacred far,

For a moment’s reckless folly,

Thus to desolate and mar.


  1. Hurtful words are lightly spoken,

Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,

Brightest links of life are broken,

By a single hurtful word.



Love one another thus saith the Savior,

Children obey the Father’s blest command,

Love one another thus saith the Savior,

’Tis the Father’s blest command.”



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