Sticks and Stones: The old expression, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me,” is quite simply - just not true!
Words are powerful! They can cut like a knife and leave painful wounds that can lead to a lifetime of self doubt, poor self esteem and self loathing!
How you use your words can either help or hurt others.
The sad thing about hateful words is - that once spoken - they can never be taken back! The damage is done. That’s why it’s so important to choose your words carefully, speak with kindness, and always consider how your words will be received.
A kind, gentle word can do wonders to lift someone's spirits and bring joy and healing to a broken heart. The Bible says in Proverbs 15:23, “A person finds joy in giving an apt reply and how good is a timely word!”
The most powerful words come from the Bible - God’s Holy Word. If we truly listen to what He is saying, God gives us the instruction, courage, strength and wisdom we need to speak in such a manner that we represent Him, and as long as Jesus is shining through - you never have to worry about saying the wrong thing!
Texts: Matthew 12:36, James 3:2, 1 John 2:5, Deuteronomy 8:3
- Brenda Walsh Ministries
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what
God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2 NIV
Patty Marsh, director
Adventist Community Services
Tamara Terry, assistant director (PT--afternoons)
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