Taming the Tongue
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“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me!” No words ever uttered are as untrue. There is great power—to do good or to harm—in the words we say and how we say them. While James warns us how destructive the tongue can be, Isaiah’s suffering servant is able to sustain the weary with just one word. Peter’s rock-solid confession of Jesus as Messiah reflects an inner boldness, yet so quickly he must be rebuked for saying things Satan would promulgate. All the more reason for us to be mindful of not just our thoughts and our deeds, but our words as well.