Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones but ...

Sticks and Stones Can Break Your Bones and Words Can Break Your Heart

Words can do great good and great harm...

Whoever said “sticks and stones can break your bones, but words can never hurt you” was wrong.

Words can leave scars deeper than knife wounds.

They can also bring euphoric joy.

Words can be deceptive or honest…overlooked or emphasized…obvious or between-the-lines…exclaimed or whispered…screamed or prayed.

As a writer, I love words.
I hear them in my head, squeeze and stretch them, massage and poke them, rearrange and edit them.

But some words are in a category of their own--those that are God-breathed:

“All Scripture is inspired by God [the NIV says “God-breathed”] and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right. It is God’s way of preparing us in every way, fully equipped for every good thing God wants us to do.” 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NLT)

Let's thank God today for His wonderful words/Word!
© copyright Gail Burton Purath, 2011 - This devotion was published originally in 2011 

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  1. So true, words will replay through your mind until you can control your mind through your heart allowing God to help you. Then you can move forward to the future. It won't stop the replay of words but it will slow them down and allow you to choose when to use them for your enhancement in your life. Very good blog.

  2. Could not agree more and I think words hurt way more!

  3. Sticks and stones may break bones,
    But words break hearts and spirits.

  4. Words have gteat power and we should think twice before we say anything.


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