What Does the Bible Say About the Sticks and Stones Saying?

As Christians, we are called to be mindful of the words we speak and the impact they have on others. Yet, there’s a pervasive saying that has seeped into our cultural consciousness: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”

While this adage is often used to encourage resilience in the face of verbal insults or bullying, its underlying message is deeply flawed and contradicts the teachings of Scripture.

This saying suggests that the harm caused by words is insignificant compared to physical injuries inflicted by sticks and stones. But as believers, we must recognize the profound power of words.

Proverbs 18:21 reminds us, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Our words have the potential to build up or tear down, to bring life or death.

When we embrace the notion that words can never hurt us, we diminish the significance of the pain and suffering that verbal abuse can inflict. Countless individuals have been scarred emotionally and spiritually by hurtful words, experiencing lasting wounds that may never fully heal. To dismiss the impact of words is to deny the reality of their potency.

As followers of Christ, we are called to use our words for good. Ephesians 4:29 instructs us, “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” Our speech should be seasoned with grace, bringing encouragement and healing to those around us.

Furthermore, Scripture warns us of the consequences of our words. Matthew 12:36-37 states, “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” We will be held accountable for every word we speak, highlighting the importance of exercising caution and wisdom in our speech.

Instead of perpetuating the myth that words can never hurt us, let us recognize the power of our words to shape destinies, to uplift souls, and to bring healing to broken hearts. May we use our words to reflect the love and grace of our Savior, Jesus Christ (Yahshua), and to build others up in faith and encouragement.

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