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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 10:21

“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts…” Proverbs 15:1

Do you remember a time when somebody spoke hurtful words that kept you upset for so long?
We tend to feel more wounded by hurtful words from those we have a close relationship with; spouses, children, parents, siblings, close friends and valued colleagues. This is because we presume an assured place of love, trust and safety with them, and it hurts when this place is violated.

In many relationships, especially long-standing ones, there are times when the two sides stop paying attention to their choice of words. This is sometimes because they take the other party for granted. They then let words emanating from their own often mistaken judgement of the situation or personal agenda spill out without thinking about the effect on the other person. All of us are prone to negatively judging others based on our fears, insecurities, and socialization. Your judgement is more a reflection of you than others.

Careless words can wound more deeply than we imagine. We need to bless and build up, not tear down. Someone wisely said, "Before you speak, let your words pass through three gates: Is it true? Is it necessary? Is it kind?"

“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer”. Psalm 19:14

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