But no matter how confidently I spouted these words I always knew that it wasn’t true.
Reference: v.3 They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim cruel words like deadly arrows. (TNIV Bible)
Explore: “Sticks and stones can break my bones but names will never hurt me.” I remember saying this numerous times as a child. It wasn’t that I was picked on or bullied often but every now and then I would get into a fight with someone and this little saying would inevitably come out. But no matter how confidently I spouted these words I always knew that it wasn’t true. Sure, sticks and stones may damage you physically but the damage that words can have on us often lasts longer than a few scratches and bruises.
Application: The words that harm me these days are a lot different to when I was a child. I don’t tend to get into a verbal fight with people but there are still words that cause damage. Like when you know people are speaking about you behind your back, when you leave a meeting with no encouragement or when someone jokingly highlights one of your failures. I am still reminded that my childhood saying of sticks and stones is still incorrect. Our words are powerful and we must learn to use them wisely others we may be the ones throwing the deadly arrows of cruel words.
Prayer: Lord God, reading through the Bible is a great reminder of your love and encouragement for us. May we truly listen to our words today so that they do not bring people down but rather build them up. Amen.
Set yourself a challenge to only speak words of encouragement today.
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This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.