“STICKS AND STONES . . . “

“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.”   Colossians 3:8 NIV

Read:  Colossians 3:8

 

A childhood response to a hurtful, slanderous statement or intentional put down was; “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”   While it may sound good, but it is little more than false hope.

 

Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words can and do hurt.   Words can do more damage at times than those sticks and stones.

 

Children can be cruel to one another, but are not alone in being talked down and criticized.  Adults of all ages are being emotionally destroyed daily.  It may be from an abusive spouse, an angry boss or even a total stranger.

Satan uses all kinds of people to carry out his agenda.  You may know someone who attempts to elevate their own agenda by tearing others down.  That’s when you can make a difference!

Lift someone up today.   Find a nice thing to say to everyone you meet.   It may be a simple compliment.  Tell them of how much you appreciate their work.   Tell them of how nice they look or thank them for their great smile.

Your simple kinds words may be the nicest thing another hears all day.   Your kind words can override the hurtful words and actions of others.   You can make a difference.  Make the difference today.

Today’s prayer:   “HOLY SPIRIT, Thank YOU for being with me and lifting me up every day.   Help me lift others up today through kind words and telling them of how much YOU love them.  Amen.”