Sticks and Stones

Sticks and Stones

‘Carley Evans’

Bet you’ve heard this one — “Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can never hurt you.” Believe that?

I don’t. I bet you don’t either.

I am someone who loves the written word — the way it looks on the page or Kindle or iPhone or smart phone or iPad or PC or Mac. No matter its location, the written word looks great! I am someone who loves the spoken word — the way it hangs in the space between you and me.

As a weapon, none better exists than the word. As a healing tool, none better exists than the Word of God.

Sticks and stones may break my bones. And yes, words may wound my soul; but God’s Word makes me whole.

Written by Carley Evans. Originally published at Obsecrations.*


Words, whether written or spoken, are powerful. The children’s nursery rhyme of old sounds marvelous, but in reality, is very untrue. Words do hurt… bad! And yet, words can build up… immensely!

And James knew that. It’s why He (the Holy Spirit) made room in his letter to instruct about the influential ability of our tongue.  It’s why in the third chapter of his letter, he equated our speech with horses and ships. Powerful creatures and powerful creations!

James said this little member of our body has the ability to destroy, just as a fire out of control wipes out entire forests. But he also says it has the ability to do good. As Carley states, when directed by the Word of God, this weapon of destruction becomes a tool of edification.

But James says it should not be a tool of both (verse 10). James’ letter is written to give practical instruction to those who profess to know Jesus as Lord and Savior. He illustrates this by considering the possibility of salt water flowing from a fresh mountain spring, or a fig tree producing olives. And his conclusion is that, “these things ought not be.”

And Carley’s conclusion? It’s the same as James’ and the Holy Spirit’s, “Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” James 3:18

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Seeking the rest that is only promised and found in Christ Jesus, along with my treasured wife of more than twenty-five years, we seek to grow in our relationship with our Heavenly Father, walk with the Holy Spirit as He moves our hearts, loving others always as Jesus loves us, and carry the news of His glory, the wonderful gospel, that gives light and life where there once was only darkness.
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3 Responses to Sticks and Stones

  1. April says:

    This is so true! Thank you for sharing and blessings to you this week! April

  2. Words are containers of power to build up or tear down. Thanks for the reminder that blesses and curses are not to come from the same mouth. May our words be sweet as honey instead of bitter with vinegar!

  3. ptl2010 says:

    Thank you MT for the reminder. It is much easier for the spoken words to fly out of our mouths than when written where there is more consideration. Still, sometimes we forget the cultural and personal sensitivities in international blogging or may not be aware that some things can be said in one culture, and not in another, or better left unsaid. May the Lord help us to know the difference even in cases of open straight honesty.

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