Sticks And Stones May Break My Bones

You are familiar with the saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.”
That sounds good and perhaps you have said it but, it’s wrong. Names… words.. can hurt us. To prove that, maybe there has been a time when someone said to you and to this day, you can still remember it.
Maybe someone said, “You will never amount to anything.” You remember that and maybe every time you see that person you are reminded of it. Names… words… do hurt.
In Matthew 12:36-37, Jesus said, “And I tell you this, you must give an account on judgment day for every idle word you speak. The words you say will either acquit you or condemn you.”
That’s a strong verse. It’s a verse of warning. Think about it; Jesus is saying that when we stand before the Lord, we will give an account of every idle word we have spoken. Then, He said, “The words you say will either acquit or condemn you.”
Ok, think about all the words that are spoken today..
“Hello..”
“How are you?”
“Hope you have a great day,”
“I love you.”
All good words.
Now, let’s consider others.
“You moron!”
“F…. you!”
“G…. D…..”
“You b….!”
All not good words.
Now, Jesus says that when we stand before the Lord we will give an account of our words. None of us are perfect… we all slip at times but we need to watch our tongues.
And… we aren’t just talking about profanity here. I have known people who may never utter a profane word but they gossip or they will say things about someone implying that they think something is wrong. Those are bad words as well.
It’s wrong to gossip. It’s wrong to judge.
We need to watch our mouths. Again, yes we all slip… But it should bother us when we do. Our language has gotten more crude.

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