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Words do hurt
Hope everyone had a great Fourth celebration. I certainly did! We had a great day at church, starting with Sunday school then patriotic song service followed by a good sermon about spiritual freedom. Most of my family was at my house sometime during the day. We enjoyed BBQ, games, fellowship, and fireworks!
Then on Monday, the day started early with picking in the garden, then bridal dress shopping with Bailey, my granddaughter. She found the dress! There were four generations of us, which is truly a blessing.
Brother George shared on a Wednesday night a couple of weeks ago about a group called Shane & Shane that takes Psalms and turns them into songs. While I have always loved Southern Gospel music, and mainly listen to that genre, I enjoy other types, also. So, I have been listening to Shane & Shane sing several of their songs based on the Psalms.
One is Psalm 34, which has so much to inspire and encourage. Psalm 34:13 reads, “Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.” The entire Psalm is 22 verses which I encourage you to read, but this verse has been on my mind this week. Looking at this verse reminds me of an old adage, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” How wrong that is! Words do hurt; while they may not be intended to be evil or deceitful, they can cut you emotionally and even make you feel sick physically.
One place I was reading defined having an evil tongue as speaking wrong things. Sometimes our words are not intended to be hurtful; we just say the wrong thing. Often, we speak harshly to those we love without thinking about how hurtful those words are. I have been guilty of that lately, and it has been weighing heavy on my conscience. Wanting to have the “last” word, correcting a misspoken concept – these are hard habits to overcome that I need to work on.
As we have celebrated our freedom this past week, we need to continue to pray for our nation and our leaders, as well as our state and its leaders. Continue to be in prayer for the sick in our community and to those that have lost loved ones. God knows their names and needs. Until next week, take care and be joyful!