Sticks and Stones
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me!” As children, we chanted this rhyme at recess to other children who were being mean or making fun of us. As a young child, I took it at face value; as an adult, I believe it to be an unadulterated lie.
In reality, it has been my experience that sticks and stones can only break your bones, while words can damage and scar your heart for a lifetime. Broken bones heal in a matter of months; broken hearts sometimes never heal.
Having worked in church ministry for over 20 years, I am amazed by the number of people who carry deep wounds because of things that were said to them by their parents, spouses, children, friends, or fellow church members. These memories can affect a person’s self worth, their view of God, and their ability to love others.
The tongue can be a “fire” and a “world of evil,” but it can also be something much more powerful. Words of love and forgiveness can save a marriage; words of compassion can heal a friendship; words of praise and encouragement can lift the spirits of a child. As followers of Christ, our words should reflect the love we have for one another.
Holy Spirit, fill my mouth today with words that build others up and bring You glory! In the name of Jesus, my Savior, I pray. Amen. :angel:
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