Okay, we’ve all heard it before: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” That is a lie right out of the pits of hell! You can pick up a stick or a stone and throw it back at someone, but words pierce the hearts and emotions in a way that almost kill us. True, they might not physically kill us, but they can kill our self-esteem and our self-worth. With a single word, you can give someone all the confidence in the world and, again with a single word, you can knock someone all the way to the bottom.
Words are very powerful and form images in our minds about who we are. That’s why the devil will use words people say to beat kids down from an early age, making them feel inferior or unworthy. Because of those words, we try to protect ourselves from getting hurt and start building walls around our emotions and around our hearts. By the time we are teens, our hearts are so hardened that it’s like we have an armor plating around them so no one can get through.
When our hearts are hard, we end up saying and doing things to hurt other people the same way we are hurt. We make excuses like, “What comes up, comes out. I really can’t help it.” We can help it, especially if we’re born again and have the nature of God on the inside of us. God tells us all through His word how to act, how to speak towards others and how to treat other people. We are supposed to live and walk in His love. We can do that when we have a foundation in the word, knowing who we are in Him.
Just like a single, hurtful word work towards destroying us, one single from God can and will change our lives. With one single word, God can cause that armor plating to peel back and those walls around our hearts to come down. His word is powerful, and it is more than enough!
It doesn’t matter what others have said to your or about you. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve been hurt. Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted, and He came to heal you. When you allow God to do His work in your life, you will find that you want to help others instead of hurt them.
Don’t let those sticks and stones keep you from your destiny!
~art and text by guest contributor James Parrish