Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones, But WORDS Will Destroy Me!

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Our elementary school days , we sang a different tune: “Sticks and stones may break our bones, but words will never hurt us”. It helps for the moment, to let our word bully know that they don’t bother us! But what idiot came up with this? This is another lie our enemy tells us, because the Bible is clear in James 3:6 that “the tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” YIKES! That is really harsh talk about our tongue that we use for words. Throughout history, wars are started and ended by what we say to one another. Children grow up hearing harsh words develop into harsh individuals. What words to children learn? What they hear. I have always been amazed at little ones speaking a foreign language, but they learn what they hear.

We have plenty of dictionaries and are constantly learning new words to fit into our lives. Some should never have made the list, but then again, they eventually fad out. Many words have been added to explain our ever-changing techno-world. For example:
workaround, n.
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈwəːkəraʊnd/ , U.S. /ˈwərkəˌraʊnd/
Etymology: < work v. + around adv., after to work around —— at work v. Phrasal verbs 2.
orig. Aeronaut.
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A (usually temporary or makeshift) means of bypassing or resolving a technical difficulty when a system, procedure, or mechanism fails to work; (Computing) a method of overcoming a performance issue or limitation in a program. Now also more generally: a means of avoiding or resolving a problem when the usual or most obvious solution is not feasible, possible, or available.

I’ve personally used this word in dealing with a mess on the floor. Example: There’s a puddle on the floor so workaround it.

However we speak to one another, God gives us guidelines on how to appropriately. Sad to say we cannot depend on our parents, grandparents, or teachers to teach us how to use our words in order to benefit others. We must search the Bible, which gives us instructions for EVERY thing in life including how we speak. Ephesians 4:29 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen”.
Many times we cannot help but listen to words being spoken to us. At times, words escape our mouths before we really form them in our minds and they cause pain, problems, and regrets. God knows we will make mistakes and bad choices, but He also will always be willing to forgive us and set us on the right track once more. Don’t let your words or words of others determine your negative feelings. Realize that you are created and loved by a Holy God and nothing can take that away from you. “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height not depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:38-39).

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