Sticks and Stones

      Whoever first said ‘Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me’ couldn’t have been more wrong. Although it might be a good comeback for an eight year old who is teased it is very untrue. In proverbs 14:3 says “A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back” We’ve all done this, in modern terms it is called putting your foot in your mouth.

   What you say not only affects the people around you but yourself as well.For better or worse. No matter what the old saying says, words can and do hurt people! I have had too many experiences with this! Where either I have said something that came back and kicked me in the butt, and hurt someone. Or where I was hurt by someone’s words. James 3:6 says “The tongue also is a fire, a world evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person sets the whole course of his life on fire and is itself set on fire by hell”

Our tiny little tongue can do so much damage to someone’s confidence! We are called to lift people up, not bring them down! If you play with this wildfire, you will get burned! In this day people are encouraged to get back at someone who had insulted them. We see it all the time on TV shows and in real life. The first person will make fun of the shy girl, when the girl sticks up for herself and says something malicious back we almost cheer for her!

I’m not saying you have to be a doormat, but there are nice ways to get your opinion across and not try to get a dig in whenever there is an opening. We are told to turn the other cheek. The best thing you can do is walk away, don’t say something that could burn someone else. What good does that do? Even Jesus confronted people, but he did it in a caring way. Words hurt! You can take that to the bank! Are your words hurting your walk with God? Are they hurting people around you?

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