Sticks & Stones
The expression sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me is a lie straight out of hell! Sure people can aggravate us to the point of explosion but consider these words from Paul in Ephesians 4:26-27, Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.
View your words as either poison or medicine to those among you. Your words can tear people down or build people up! Remember that bitterness, anger and unforgiveness is not only poison to you, but to the people around you. Choose to be different and let your words be medicine. Be kind and release someone by saying, "I forgive you".
To someone who is hurting, saying words like, "That must have been very painful for you to experience. I am sorry." brings healing and pictures the feelings God has for a person. Let your words express feelings of God's grace, love and hope. Proverbs 15:1 says a soft word turns away wrath. Words that don't have feelings are cold and destructive. So go on... Change the world around you by letting God have His way in your life. Words of medicine not only brings healing to the people around you, but to your life as well.
Father, I pray every word that comes out of my mouth will glorify you today! As your words bring healing, may my words be a medicine to those around me, even when they don't deserve it. In Jesus name, Amen.