Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Sticks and Stones

Sticks and stones
May break my bones
But words
Will never hurt me

Really?  For it is written: “You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good?  For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.  A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.  But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken.  For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.”  [Matthew 12:34-37 NIV]

Be assured that this applies just as much when nothing is said at all.  For it is also written: “If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.” [Mark 8:38 NIV]

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