This morning I read a Facebook post by a friend who is supposedly a wordsmith (poet)  The post amounted to a diatribe against Christians, conservatives and Republicans.  The most repeated word in the post was "hate" as he repeatedly accused his targets with hating everything liberal, Oboma-esque, or socialistic.  Then, at the end of his invective laced rant, he amazingly said, "I do not hate you, I forgive you."  I guess this was supposed to make his verbal attack acceptable.  He also mentioned that he could not imagine Jesus agreeing with those he considered "haters".  By the same token, I can't imagine Jesus agreeing with someone who uses words to attack others.  As a matter of fact, Jesus said in Matthew 12:35-37 "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasures brings forth evil things.  But I say to you that for every idle word that men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment.  For by your WORDS you will be justified, and by your WORDS you will be condemned."NKJV

Words are powerful.  By words people can be built up or torn down.  The old children's adage, "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." just isn't true.  Each of us has a choice as to how we use words.  What we may not realize is that unfiltered words reveal what is in our hearts. Words are powerful; words hurt or heal depending on the intent of the writer/speaker.  "O be careful little tongue what you say."


Bill Cole said…
Watch your language.

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