Thursday, August 9, 2012
Praycation - DAY NINE
Once upon a time, way back when, in retro throw back, back in the day you might remember singing a nursery rhyme that went something like this: Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me. It’s a little song sung by a victim to persuade a name-caller that their taunt didn’t work. With new found-courage and bravado, the victim transforms the insult into victory. What you said didn’t hurt at all. Stick, stones, bricks, and bombs hurt but your words can never hurt me. Riiigghht!
Words can inflict mortal wounds worse than the breaking of bones. Rudyard Kipling wrote words are, of course the most powerful drug used by mankind. The writer of proverbs says that reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. (Proverbs 12:18)
Words have a power of their own. They linger long after they’ve been spoken and received. Words can make a moment or break it. Words can facilitate communication or hinder it. They can help a friend or hurt them, save a life or lose it and share the gospel or distort it.
Words can start a fight or end it. Words create images and impressions. Words create expectations that carry with them an emotional punch. Words create psychological connections that influence actions. Words have been described as black ice. It doesn’t look dangerous until you’re on it.
Do you remember how you felt when someone said something that did more than ruffle your feathers but got under your skin? Someone said a word that made us want to say something in unknown tongues and you did; a word that made you want to do something totally out of character and later on you regretted it. A word that dismantled your ego; derailed your future; damaged your self-esteem and all you wanted to do was to find a word of your own to do the same thing back to them.
Do you also remember how you felt when someone said the right word that made all the difference in your life? Someone said a warning word that kept you out of trouble; a wise word that sent you in the right direction; a probing word that let to deeper thoughts; a reflective word to help you look back over the way you came and a prophetic word to help you see God’s future; a healing word that was a like a balm in Gilead to sooth the sin sick heart; a word that lifted your spirits, made your day; opened a door; picked you up; made you feel wanted and welcomed!
The choice is yours today. Speak words that help instead of hinder. Even when you speak the truth in love, say the words in such a way to promote healing.
“The words of the reckless pierce like swords
but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
Let us pray:
Lord, help me to be wise and speak wise words that bring healing today. In Jesus name, amen.
Beloved, try being silent after you complete your prayers today. Listen to hear the voice of God after you have barraged heaven with you cares and concerns. Some times we are so busy talking to God that we do not take the time to hear God. It’s ok to just be silent.
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