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Fifty lashes with a loaded tongue

Posted Monday, October 19, 2009, at 5:20 PM

"The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit." Proverbs 18:21

How often do we carelessly let destructive words slip through our lips, wounding (sometimes fatally) the hopes and dreams of others, robbing them of confidence and making them feel unloved and unwanted?

Why is it that many people actually feel better about themselves when they are able to squash those around them?

I was talking to a man one day who had run into a streak of bad luck.

"I'm a good person," he said. "I live by the Ten Commandments, and I have never committed any crimes. Why isn't God blessing me?"

Although I had no answer for the man, his comments triggered a thinking pattern in my mind that would make me think twice about the words I let come bursting forth from my mouth.

One of the Ten Commandments forbids Christians from murdering anyone. The typical translation for murder is to end someone's physical life; however, the word "murder" has another meaning that I would like to examine.

"To put an end to; destroy" Dictionary.com

Hurtful words certainly have the power to murder or "destroy" a person's dreams by making them think they are not smart enough to carry out the desired task. They have the potential to affect every aspect of a person's life, stabbing a person in the very heart of who they are. And if aimed at a person for too long, these words can begin to eat away at a person's potential. In extreme cases of abuse, hurtful words can cause a person to desire for physical death to come.

I wonder how many of us are guilty of murder, not taking away someone's physical life, but rather robbing a person of confidence, ability and the feeling that he or she belongs somewhere? In a sense, hurtful words have a huge impact on the receiver, and have the power to change a person's life forever!

It is my hope that each one of us would begin to think before we speak, showering those around us with words of a gentler nature.


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Thank you. This applies to all of us!

-- Posted by My_2_Cents on Mon, Feb 8, 2010, at 3:08 AM

ABOUT THE MAN THAT WONDERED WHY GOD WASN'T BLESSING HIM, MAYBE HE SHOULD REMEMBER THAT HIS REWARD FOR LIVING A GOOD LIFE IS TO GO TO HEAVEN WHEN HE DIES. ALSO, WHAT DOES HE CONSIDER BLESSINGS? IS HIS HEALTH BAD? DOES HE HAVE A HOME OR IS HE HOMELESS? WHAT ABOUT FAMILY, DOES HE HAVE ANY? JUST SURVIVING ANOTHER DAY IN TODAY'S SOCIETY IS A BLESSING. ANYTHING ELSE IS JUST ICING.

-- Posted by 3DN74 on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 1:54 PM

I TOTALLY AGREE.....NOW I WISH YOU WOULD GIVE THIS ARTICLE TO MICHAEL POMMIER...HE COULD LEARN SOMETHING...THE TOPIX..WHICH I GUESS HE SUPERVISES DOES JUST THAT:

HURT THE PEOPLE IN FORT SCOTT...

SOMETHING NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE SOMEONE ACTS ON THE TRUE OR UNTRUE THINGS BEING SAY ABOUT THEM..WHO KNOWS SOMEONE MAY HAVE ALREADY KILLED THEMSELVES BECAUSE OF TOPIX....THINK ABOUT THAT

-- Posted by UNSURE IN FORT SCOTT on Fri, Jan 21, 2011, at 2:00 PM


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