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Sun, Sep 11 2016 - 07:06 AM



Sunday, September 11, 2016  

Rick Deemy: Editor


Words That Hurt, Words That Heal

James 3:10  Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Scripture Lesson:  James 3:1-12

Words are powerful.  One thing we have learned is words can cut deeper than a knife and are harder to heal than a cut.  I speak primarily today to Christians, people who should understand this principle but still continue to hurt the ones they love by the words they speak over them.

We must understand how powerful the words are which come out of our mouths.  This is especially true concerning our children.  Here is a brief list of words that hurt:  “You’re stupid, you’re fat, you’re lazy, you’re ugly, I hate you!”  Even is you think these thoughts about yourself, they are hurtful.

These word’s, mixed with the inflection of anger, can cut deep and are not soon forgotten.  They often set the stage for low self-esteem and warped behavior.  Children are especially vulnerable.  Even husbands and wives can be found using these derogatory terms.

Compare those words to words that heal:  “I love you, I’m sorry, I’m proud of you, you’re beautiful, you’re precious, you’re smart, good job, you’re awesome, please forgive me.”  These words, spoken with tenderness and love, can work wonders to heal the broken hearted and even promote physical healing.

Colossians 3:19  Husbands, love your wives and do not be bitter toward them.

Parents stop verbally abusing your children. Husbands, stop verbally abusing your wives!  Be there to offer comfort, healing and peace!

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

Psalm 19:14 

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight,  O Lord, my strength and my Redeemer.

PRAYER: Lord, forgive me if I have spoken hurtful words to my spouse or my children.  Holy Spirit, help me to be sensitive to what I allow to come out of my mouth and let my words lift up and encourage those close to me.  Amen!





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