June 7th E-votional

“Sticks and Stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”  We have all heard this childhood saying more times than we can count.  But is it really true?  I think many adults would agree that words can wound.  Additionally words can heal, words can comfort, words can enrage.  Words are powerful.  There is a fascinating trial going on right now that attest to the power of words.  Michelle Carter is being tried for  the manslaughter of her boyfriend when she was 17 years old.  What makes this fascinating is that she wasn’t present when he died.  In fact, her boyfriend committed suicide.  She is on trial because there is a long trail of text messages where she was encouraging him to kill himself.  The trial boils down to if her words were weapons that caused the death of her boyfriend.

Scripture speaks to the power of words.  James 3:5 says, ” So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits. How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire!” Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.”  Even Jesus said, “I tell you, on the day of judgment you will have to give an account for every careless word you utter; for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”   There is no doubt the Bible acknowledges the

As followers of Christ, we should be especially careful of our words.  We should remember the power of words at all times and realize our words may be the only exposure that some people have to Christ on any given day.  Do our words include or exclude?  Do our words welcome or reject?  Do our words spread love or do they spread discord?  We must choose our words carefully both as individuals and as a congregation. We never know who might be listening.

 

Ephesians 4:29 “Let no evil talk come out of your mouths, but only what is useful for building up, as there is need, so that your words may give grace to those who hear.”

 

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