"Stop IT! You KNOW I don't like that! You are such a GIRL!"
I turned slightly and saw the man lowering his arm and open palm from behind the base of her neck. I didn't really see what caused her to say those razor-edged words, but the tone of her voice was sharp and hurtful. The man continued lowering his arm and hand to his side and his chin dropped toward his chest. I continued putting groceries onto the conveyor belt. After a brief pause, the woman said to the man,
"I bet I couldn't even give you away!"
Wow, oh wow! I was shocked and stunned by those harmful words, used like a sharpened razor.
Self-esteem is fragile and can be broken with razor-edged words.
Seeking to feel powerful by hurting others is how God's enemy wants you to be. Do not let your words lead you away from God, instead of toward God.