Sunday, May 24, 2015

STICKS AND STONES

SO GOES THE LIE: “Sticks and Stones can Break My Bones, but Words Can Never Hurt Me.”  In reality, the little ditty should be, “Sticks and Stones Can Break My Bones and Words can Really Kill Me . . . over and over and over!”

Let’s be honest, the hurtful things that people say to us, even in jest, can stick with us long after they first passed through our ears and penetrated our hearts. In fact, some of those words can last a lifetime. The bruises and breaks that come from sticks and stones may last awhile, but the cutting knives of hurtful words can pierce the soul leaving scars which forever mark us. Yes, we can learn to live with these scars, but they seem to be there as a constant reminder.

Words are powerful. They can hurt. They can heal. Therefore, let us choose wisely how we will speak to each other.  Consider God’s Word to each of us as we seek to live in community.

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (Colossians 4:6)

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (Ephesians 4:29-32)

And finally,


Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. . . . Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:1-2, 18-20)

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