STICKS AND STONES
Read James 3: 2-12
With the tongue we praise our Lord
and Father. . . . Out of the same mouth
come praise and cursing.
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never
hurt me. That saying is meant to guard us from the harsh-
ness of words. In reality,
however, we all know that
words do hurt, and they
can harm someone easily.
A thousand words spoken
in kindness can be
undermined by one word spoken in anger. A moment’s
worth of criticism can overshadow a day’s worth of praise
and appreciation. As much as I’d like to think that I am the
perpetual victim in the war of words, I realize that I am also
the culprit. The words of others may wound me, but I also
wound others with my words.
James warned us about the destructive potential of our
words. May our prayer be that we speak words that bring
life and joy, not death and despair. May our hope be that the
words we speak will build people up, not tear them down. We
can encourage, praise, and lift people up. Words can wound,
but Jesus has redeemed our words. May we speak life and
grace to all and ceaselessly praise his name.
Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for redeeming us. May we continually reflect your grace in all that we say. Use our words to
bring life, joy, and encouragement to others. Amen.
Chuck Kralik (Missouri)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE I HAVE WOUNDED
WI TH MY WORDS
Thought for the Day
I will speak words of
God’s grace and peace
to someone today.