“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Really?? Does anyone actually believe that poppycock? Because from where I’m sitting, words hurt a lot. A LOT.

Words can build us up. Words can break us down. Start a fire in our hearts. Or put it out. *

I could go into the book of James and remind us all of how we should control our tongues. How we should be careful of our words. But my soul is aching, tears are building up, and my heart just plain hurts. So instead I am looking to God’s Word for comfort.

(Several of these verses actually popped up in my Facebook news feed this morning, just a gentle reminder from God that He cares. A friend posted a status filled with exactly what I needed, another touch from God. Amazing that He loves me that much. That He cares, even for me.)

“The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” ~ Psalm 27:1

“You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book? When I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back; this I know, because God is for me. In God (I will praise His word), in the LORD (I will praise His word), in God I have put my trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?” ~ Psalm 56:8-11

“Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a shelter for me, a strong tower from the enemy.” ~ Psalm 61:1-3

“Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever…The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The LORD is for me among those who help me; therefore I shall see my desire on those who hate me. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in princes.” ~ Psalm 118:1, 6-9

And the verses that became woven into the tapestry of my testimony, the passage I turned to when Satan tempted me to despair and die while a young teen:

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distresses. Look upon my affliction and my trouble, and forgive all my sins. Look upon my enemies, for they are many; and they hate me with violent hatred. Guard my soul and deliver me; do not let me be ashamed, for I take refuge in Thee. Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for Thee.” ~ Psalm 25:16-21 (NASV)

Let my words be life
Let my words be truth
I don’t want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You.
Let the words I say
Be the sound of Your grace
I don’t want to say a word
Unless it points the world back to You.

* From the song “Words” by Hawk Nelson

This entry was posted in Faith, Friends, God, God's Faithfulness, God's Promises, God's Word, Grace, Hatred, Heart, Life, Love, Lying, Men, Others, Prayer, Psalms, Satan, September 2013, The Truth, Waiting on the Lord. Bookmark the permalink.

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