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Words

I remember as a child hearing the saying “Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” As adults, we know that this saying is not true. Words can hurt. They can also help greatly. Words are very important.


Can you recall a time when your life changed greatly because of what someone said to you? “I love you” or “I don’t love you” for instance.


God knows how important words are. Hear what he says about this:


“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”

(Proverbs 18:21)


Words really are powerful. They can hurt very badly:


“How long will ye vex my soul, and break me in pieces with words?”

(Job 19:2)


Timing is important with words:


“A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!”

(Proverbs 15:23)


How words are heard is just as important as how they are spoken, and God asks us to hear his words with a soft heart:


“Again, he limiteth a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.”

(Hebrews 4:7)

 

“And unto this people thou shalt say, Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I set before you the way of life, and the way of death.”

(Jeremiah 21:8)


“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

(John 3:16)

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