Sticks and Stones
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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