Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. (1Thessalonians 5:11) NIV
There is a story of a group of frogs that were traveling through the woods. Two of them fell into a deep pit. All the other frogs gathered around the pit. When they saw how deep the pit was, they told the two fallen frogs that they were as good as dead. The two fallen frogs ignored their comments and tried to jump up out of the pit with all of their might. The other frogs kept telling them to stop, that they were as good as dead. Finally, one of the fallen frogs took heed to what they were saying and gave up. He gave up, laid down and died. The other fallen frog continued to jump as hard as he could. Once again, the crowd of frogs yelled at him to stop the pain; just give up and die. Instead, he jumped harder and harder and finally made it out. When he got out, the other frogs said, “We’re glad you made it out. It’s a good thing you didn’t take our advice.” But the frog still seemed to ignore them. Finally they realized that he was deaf. He never heard a word they were saying. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.
This story teaches two lessons:
1. There is power of life and death in the tongue. An encouraging word to someone who is down can lift them up and help them make it through the day.
2. A destructive word to someone who is down can be what it takes to kill them. Be careful of what you say. Speak life to those who cross your path.