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September 10th, 2014 | By admin

by Aunt Mary My husband is working on a devotional for church tonight, and the title is “Words.” My mind immediately pictured a commercial that is pretty popular on TV right now. A cowboy is getting on his horse and he tells a woman, “Words can’t hurt you.” He then rides towards the sunset and hits a sign that says “The End.” He immediately falls off his horse presumably unconscious. Of course it’s a commercial for an insurance company, but the point is still made. Words are very important to us. When we were children, someone would always say, “Sticks and stones can break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” Words do hurt. Not only what we say, but how we say it. We can say the same thing in different ways and either make someone feel good or ruin their day. If you work with words daily, as I do, you have a deeper respect for them. Writing is so different from speaking. My tone tells you what I mean by how I articulate the words. In writing, I have to tell you what the tone is. I could write, “The sun sat in the eastern sky.” You’d know the sun was setting, but if I said, “The sun sat in the eastern skywitha beautiful streaks of orange and red.” you’d know I was enjoying the sunset. If I wrote, “The sun sat in the eastern sky and my mouth was so dry I could eat the sun, the horrible despicable hot sun,” then you’d know I was mad and tired and hot. In the Bible we have to know something about the character of the person. I love Psalm and especially chapter 119. Yes, it’s the longest chapter in the Bible, but it is also one with the most wisdom. David tells us in Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” We see how David feels about God’s word. It guides him every day. He shows how much he cares for God’s loving kindness. God gave us words to live by. He showed us how much he loved us and wanted us to do what was right. There are so many times in the Old Testament where God warned the children of Israel, the Jews, what would happen if they disobeyed His Laws. They would go off in sin and He would bring tragedy upon them. They’d come back to Him and He’d deliver them. Just like today when our children do something bad, we don’t say, “Forget it, I don’t want to have anything to do with you.” Instead we say, “Forget it, I want to forgive you.” That’s what God wants with us also. As our Father, He’s willing to forgive us and welcome us back. Use the good words in the way God want us to. Use kind words, like King David. Make the Bible a Lamp unto your feet.

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