Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Sticks and Stones

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WORDS... have power.

Do your "words" build others up or cut them down?

Do you "think" before you speak?

We all have habits, personalities and emotions that try to sabotage relationships. But God wants us to control our impulsive outbursts.

Every thought is not meant to be spoken.

The more of God's Word that goes into our minds and hearts, the less likely we are to use words that are demeaning, cutting, show anger and resentment, spew frustrations,  and give lessons of ridicule.

And, the more we pray, the less likely we are to allow hurtful "words spoken into us" to turn us into the very personalities that brought us down to start with.

It can be a vicious cycle.

My Prayer:

"Lord, help me to repel harsh words, hurtful innuendo, sharp tongues and bitter slander. Instead, empower me to return evil with good. Strengthen me to love those who don't know the power of words and who don't practice taming the tongue. Help me to purge bitterness so that I don't become the very thing I loathe. Show me how to gently teach others how to take hold of their tongues so that they don't destroy the relationships that they so long to have by their own device. It is ONLY through your peace, power and prompting - Holy Spirit - that I will be able to swim upstream in a world of "words" that seek to destroy the souls (mind, will and emotions) of men. In Jesus Name, Amen"



Have ever you heard this saying?

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt?”

It’s a familiar phrase, but nothing could be further from the truth!

Ephesians 4:29, which says…

“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.”

Let’s break Ephesians 4:29 down for better understanding:

1) NO CORRUPT WORD – Proverbs 18:21 says that, Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
And those who love it will eat its fruit.

2) WHAT IS GOOD – Gossip? Negativity? Sarcasm? Perverted? Foul? Cursing? Screaming? Yelling?

3) FOR NECESSARY EDIFICATION – To build up! People need to be built up!

4) IMPART GRACE – Undeserved FAVOR!

So, do your words… build others up… or, do your words sometimes tear others down?

A word spoken out of turn can be so DISCOURAGING.

Certain WORDS can be:

· Paralyzing…

· Demeaning…

· Hurtful…

· Sharp…

· And, just Plain Out Ugly!

In fact, WORDS THAT STING can even be DEADLY!

That is why it is so important that we meditate on God’s Word - daily.

As we fill our hearts with words from above, our mouths will speak of good things!

So let’s pray like David, “Lord, Set a watch before my mouth and keep the door of my lips.”

… Because, just like sticks and stones… WORDS can hurt!

EPHESIANS‬ ‭4:29, 31-32‬ ‭AMP‬‬

“Do not let unwholesome [foul, profane, worthless, vulgar] words ever come out of your mouth, but only such speech as is good for building up others, according to the need and the occasion, so that it will be a blessing to those who hear [you speak].
Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor [perpetual animosity, resentment, strife, fault-finding] and slander be put away from you, along with every kind of malice [all spitefulness, verbal abuse, malevolence]. Be kind and helpful to one another, tender-hearted [compassionate, understanding], forgiving one another [readily and freely], just as God in Christ also forgave you.”

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