Use your words to heal instead of hurt.

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me…” How many times did we hear that as a kids?    In our American culture, sarcasm and jesting are common.  Ever had someone make fun of you, only later to say, “Just kidding!!” According to Proverbs, words DO indeed have the power to hurt.

Proverbs 26:19 is blunt: Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is the man who deceives his neighbor and says, “I am only joking!”

There are people that cause all kinds of hurt and destruction and then act like it was a big joke. There are consequences to our actions,  joking or not.

Adam Clarke comments: 

How many hearts have been made sad, and how many reputations have been slain, by this kind of sport! “I designed no harm by what I said;” “It was only in jest,” Sportive as such persons may think their conduct to be, it is as ruinous as that of the madman who shoots arrows, throws firebrands, and projects in all directions instruments of death, so that some are wounded, some burnt, and some slain.

Watch your words and be a person of integrity.  Use your words to heal instead of hurt.

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