We have a saying in our culture “ sticks and stones can break my bones but words can never hurt”. I am not sure where or why this saying came from but it is not true. Words can have the power to build someone up or destroy them, Proverbs 18:21 “The tongue can bring life or death; those who love to talk will reap the consequences”.
Not sure if you are aware but the biggest battle we may ever face is in the mind. We have all had some difficult experiences and knocks in life but how the mind interprets those events may determine the pathway we take in life.
We have been thinking through false belief systems in a recover group that we run. It was interesting that whilst I was preparing the session I stood back and objectively looked at what I really believed about myself and I was shocked. I had not realized that I was walking through life making decisions based on false beliefs. Now I have become aware of what they are for me I am working on living through the truth, the mind requires daily attention as the false beliefs often become automatic actions.
God has some great points to make on the mind in Scripture. Part of walking in the truth is getting to know what is possible through friendship with God and what He says about us. Through reading the two verses below God explains that He can help us change the way we think in other words as we begin to believe what He says about us more than any experience we have had or unhelpful words that people may have said to us then our thinking and attitudes will be more helpful for us as we walk through life.
Romans 12:2 “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect”. NLT
Ephesians 4:23 “Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes”. NLT
So change is possible according to God but we must become more aware of why we live the way we do, make the choices we make knowing that what we believe about ourselves impacts and shapes our life story.