“God bless you”
(Move on with your life)
I’ve heard that the reason people say “God bless you” after someone sneezes is because people used to think that demons were coming out with the sneeze. I don’t know if that’s true (if they say that because they think demons are coming out or if there’s actually demons coming out) but I do know the power of words.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Proverbs talks a lot about what we say. It’s important to make sure you don’t say foolish things, but this verse gives the reason why. It’s because death and life are in the tongue. Our words have more power than we think.
So what’s so wrong about saying “God bless you?”
Nothing! It’s wonderful! But saying it when someone sneezes just because that’s what you’re supposed to do is sort of a waste. God takes blessings and curses pretty seriously. If you don’t believe me, ask Balaam’s donkey. He knows what’s up.
Throughout the Bible, we see people speaking blessings and getting blessed. We also see people speaking curses and getting cursed. Blessings and curses are real things that God takes very seriously.
So watch what you say. You might curse someone that you don’t mean to. But also be aware of when you bless someone. Instead of just saying it when someone sneezes, take a moment to actually bless that person. Maybe you’ll start to see that death and life are in your tongue as well.