Sticks and Stones

You’ve heard it more than once; “sticks and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me."
This is not so, from a spiritual viewpoint.
In the book of James, he recognizes the impact that words have. He tells us to consider how small the tongue is, yet it can cause horrific damage. In the same way the tongue can do great and mighty things if controlled by the Holy Spirit.
"The tongue is a small thing that makes grand speeches. But a tiny spark can set a great forest on fire” (James 3:5).
Words are prevailing! They have the power to create or alter the state of reality in which we live. Words can build people up or tear them down. Words can bring great joy and blessings to a person’s heart, or they can bring deep despair and a loss of hope. Words can encourage and inspire, or they can provoke anger and fear.
I believe God blessed us with this small member to glorify Him and to bless others. But in order to fulfill our role among mankind, it requires spending time alone with Him.
Being trained by His Spirit gives us wisdom to know what words to use and when to use them, as well as when to listen and when to speak. He will teach us to have a loving and understanding heart in order to know how to uplift and edify those who are in need. After all, where would we be if Jesus hadn’t spoken words of love, forgiveness and grace to us?
The wisdom of timely words is inestimable, and the power to bless is invaluable. “Let the WORDS OF MY MOUTH, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my strength, and my Redeemer” (Psalms 19:14).
Carolyn Crow is a contributing writer and can be reached at