I love stumbling across articles that provide scientific evidence that validates some of Jesus’ teachings. Today, I ran across an article from Psychology Today that cited a study pointing to the possible cause-effect correlation between our words and our psychical health. Coincidentally (perhaps not), the sermon I heard last Sunday was about the power of our words and the importance of not slandering others.
“What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.” (Mat 15:11)
Near the end of the article, the author presents an example of how our lack of words or inaction can have equally harmful results. Someone’s suicide note stated, “I’m going to walk to the bridge. If one person smiles at me on the way, I will not jump.”
I was convicted by the sermon, and this article ignited even a deeper desire in me to speak well of others and SMILE AT THEM!