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You’ve heard the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” That old preschool nursery rhyme isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
Sure, it’s a great comeback for the bullies. But if we’re being honest, it’s nothing but a band-aid. It covers up the pain and excuses the words of others. Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words hurt. They cut like knives, they influence and destroy lives, and they hold more power in human beings than anything else on this earth.
James 3:5-10 says:
So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness.
The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.
For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. From the same mouth come blessing and cursing.
Our words are small, like our tongue. But they hold the power to ignite a wildfire of destruction in our lives, and the lives of others.