...but words will never hurt me.
Ah, a less true lie was never told. Words hurt. Words that are spoken. Words that are spread to others. Even just typed words on a printed page. Words can hurt.
- Ephesians 4:29 gives us instructions that will help us avoid being offensive to others.
- Psalm 119:165 gives us the key to avoid being offended ourselves.
- Matthew 18:15-20 tells us what to do when we have been offended.
- And Proverbs 18:19 gives us one reason why we mustn't offend or be offended: "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city."
Not just a city (which in itself would make for pretty overwhelming odds. Unless you're Rambo, of course, who could easily overpower an entire city all by his lonesome). Not just a city, but a strong city. And if our whole aim in life is to win people to Christ, we'd have a much easier time of it if we weren't busy offending people or being offended.
Just something to think about...me included...I'm sure we've read all those Bible verses at one time or another, but it's not the truth we know that matters. It's the truth we do.
So here's to doing...and to watching our words and the bones of those around us.