Sticks and Stones

God is waiting to show you the Way.

God is waiting to show you the Way.

1​ Dear brothers and sisters,​ ​not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. 2 Indeed, we all make many mistakes. For if we could control our tongues, we would be perfect and could also control ourselves in every other way.​ 3 We can make a large horse go wherever we want by means of a small bit in its mouth.4 And a small rudder makes a huge ship turn wherever the pilot chooses to go, even though the winds are strong. 5 In the same way, the tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches.​ But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire. 6 And among all the parts of the body, the tongue is a flame of fire. It is a whole world of wickedness, corrupting your entire body. It can set your whole life on fire, for it is set on fire by hell itself.–James 3:1-6 (NLT)
​We​ all know the old saying: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me.” Or as I learned it in my childhood “words don’t bother me”.
Either way, it is wrong. With our tongues, we can speak words of life or words of death. The death might be a relationship or a lost opportunity. We can speak words of peace or words that stir up anger. We should always consider our thoughts carefully because those thoughts turn into words that can buildup, tear down or completely destroy. We can think of our thoughts as a text message we are about to send, once we hit the send button, there is no way to recall the message regardless of how much we regret the words. Our words can truly fan a small spark into a raging wildfire causing damages that may not be repaired. Take the example in Ferguson, MO right now, regardless of how we feel about the situation, it is our duty to speak words of peace and restoration.
9 God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.–Matt 5:9 (NLT)
Post 08-24-14


4 thoughts on “Sticks and Stones

  1. I’ll be doing a full dramatization of the Book of James this morning in Rockland, ON. I would appreciate your prayers. See:


    • I will certainly be praying for you. I will pray that as James says that God will give you wisdom. Also that He will give you peace and boldness to speak His Word. We serve an amazing, magnificent God who is more than able. Father, we ask that you bless David as He delivers Your Word using the talents you have given him. Use Him to lead others to Christ, so they can know the sweet peace that can be found only in Jesus. Amen


  2. This is so true. People’s words, mine included, have the power to kill a persons spirit. I used to think that if I was hard and tough that no one could hurt me with their words. I later realized I was hard and tough because of all the words that people had used to hurt me. Hurtful words build walls, encouragement and kind words tare those walls down. I think that it’s hard even as a believer in Christ to keep the confidence of who you are when someone says things to destroy you. It is for me at least.


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