imageI’m sure you’ve heard, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” However, if you’ve had anyone speak insulting, discriminating or vengeful words to you, you know it can hurt more than a stick or a stone. A bruised heart can have a longer memory than a bruised body. One time, a friend and mentor said to me: “You’ll never reach your potential.” The words were hurtful and unforgettable. But I’m no saint. Just this past weekend, I finally had the chance to ask forgiveness of someone who I hurt with my words several years ago. I have learned that sticks and stones can hurt the body, but words can hurt the soul. If you are a person who spouts off on people with your words, ask God to forgive you and seek repentance. Ask the Holy Spirit to unleash self-control in you when you get tempted to “go off.” If you are someone who has been hurt by the words of others, specifically pray for God to heal your heart, and pray for the person(s) who hurt it. Chances are, they need it. Do you think they’d mind if we slightly tweaked the adage to, “sticks and stones may break my bones and words can hurt more so let’s be careful with them.” 🙂

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