Sticks and Stones (Proverbs 15)
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Why would that rhyme even dare to suggest that "words will never hurt me?" We all know they do. Proverbs 12 says that reckless words pierce like a sword. Proverbs 15 says a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit. In relationships they break trust and build walls. Proverbs also teaches that the words of the wise bring healing and are a source of life to those who receive them. Ok, it's gut check time. Would the people in your life say your words are a source of life or stones to their spirit?
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words…well words, can hurt even worse.