Real Life - September 29, 2017
Real Life with Pastor Steve
September 29, 2017
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me! ~ A kids response to name-calling
Now how many of you ever said that as a kid? I know I did. And you feel pretty good at the time because you don’t want someone to get the best of you.
But the truth is… those words did hurt and would continue to hurt. Verbal abuse is one of the cruelest things that a human being can do to one another, and it doesn’t even have to be done by raising our voices.
We can cut someone to shreds with sarcasm, slander, lies, anger, put-downs… leaving many people with wounds that take quite a while to heal. Our tongues are pretty powerful. Our speech has the power to raise up and encourage, or tear down and destroy.
When the Apostle Paul was writing to a bunch of new followers of Jesus… people who used to use verbal weaponry like an art… he began by saying, “You used to walk in these ways… but you’ve been renewed… it’s time to start walking in the image of your Creator… it’s time to start speaking life… it’s time to stop the slander, the malice, the speech that does not edify.” Our words matter… let’s make them count for good.
And that’s …real life. ~Pastor Steve Rowe – Eaglebrook Church