Sticks & Stones
A few days ago our number two started reciting the popular rhyme "stick and stones may break bones but words will never hurt me". I quickly interjected before he could finish and told him words can break bones too. His father added that words can even do more damage than sticks and stones though we may not see the damage in the same way we see the physical one done by "sticks and stones". Yeah, that was a teachable moment for number two right there. He nodded to all we said agreeing that it was the truth.
The writer of Proverbs 12 :18 agrees also that words can do damage to the same extent as a sword. He says "Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing." Proverbs 12:18 NLT. Another version says the words of the reckless pierce like swords!
I bet some of you dear readers have been cut by words, some more deeply than others. Words are more potent than we think and can do damage that may take years to fix. Some like to "beat others" with their words and take pride in that. That is nothing to be proud of.
The verse tells us words can bring healing too. Let us choose to heal instead of cutting with our words. Whether we are speaking to a child or an adult, but especially to children, let us choose our words carefully.
If you are carrying wounds inflicted by words, I pray that the good Lord will grant you complete healing. If you have wounded anyone with your words I pray that you will find the courage to apologize and retract those words; it will speed up their healing process.
Today, I choose to heal with my words and I pray you do same.
Love, Lady Monica ❤