Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sticks and Stones

"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."

Yeah, right.

The reality is that words hurt much more than we realize, and cause long-lasting pain and destruction in someone's life that can paralyze them from becoming who they were really created to be.

Ancient wisdom literature challenges us by saying:

The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.

What a challenge! To think that every word I speak bring death or life (and I would say in our tech-savvy culture - every word I write, text, email, blog, facebook, etc).

Starting a series this week at The Quest to explore this idea - that our words are powerful and can build up or tear down. Very practical series. One that we all need to hear and grow from.

May our words be words that build and heal and encourage. May our words be filled with love and compassion. May our words challenge and convict, but not condemn. May our words be His Word.

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