It’s Only WordS

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“And ye shall not hurt the feelings of one another but thou shall fear your Lord, for I, God, am your Lord.” Leviticus-Chapter 25, verse 17.

This prohibition embraces any and every kind of hurting the feeling of others by words . .
Some examples include:
calling somebody by mocking names
making reference to the shady past of somebody, or to that of his parents
making aggravating reproaches in times of trouble or
shaming someone in front of others.

The Bible teaches that a debt can be repaid but a transgression of hurt can never be undone.
No doubt-we’ve all said things we shouldn’t have in the heat of the moment. Once words are spoken they can not be taken back.
We say “we are sorry” for hurtful words, but the truth is that the memory of such words remain…at times- forever.
“Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will never hurt you.”..eh?
Hurling insults and calling names DO hurt.
But the truth is they not only hurt the one who is being teased or taunted, they hurt the one doing the teasing and hurting just as much.

Sometimes we may feel the need to point out to someone that they are doing something wrong, or perhaps their “thinking” is skewed in our opinion.. But such correction, according to the Bible must always be done gently and with love in our hearts.

As much as we want others to “change” their sinister ways, we can not “force” others to change. If the change is unrealistic,(like trying to change the hearts and minds of most of the ahem..Liberals.. in the Blog’osphere).. then anger is useless, and if the change is possible, then anger is a truly poor means of accomplishing any modification.

Those on the receiving end of anger and put downs – feel attacked and dishonored. If we are honest with ourselves and truly want to bring about change, it must be done by setting an example ourselves and with respect, patience and positive intentions in our hearts.

Think about how you felt the last time you were preached at, moralized at,condemned, threatened, labelled, or blamed.

It is one thing to make a global assessment of a “people” and our views of their collective behavior on the planet. Some of us communicate very emphatically about how we perceive the threat of Izlamofacism which
has now come to the fore, penetrating into the heart of the public domain.

It is quite another thing to aggressively churn out personal insults aimed at humiliating individuals.
No offense, but I have seen quite a few insulting words masquerading as “news”.
Let us hold onto our assets of dignity, maturity and discipline.
Let us not become our own worst enemy.

Coolidge was known for his terse speech and reticence. A woman bet her friend that she could get Coolidge to speak to her, which was something he was reluctant to do. She went up to him and said: “Hello, Mr. President, I bet my friend that I could get you to say three words to me.” “You lose,” Coolidge replied dryly, and walked away. HeH.

It is a good idea to ask God to help us watch what we say. (Psalms 141:3 )

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10 Responses to “It’s Only WordS”

  1. Joe says:

    Ouch!! Great post…it’s stinging….stinging….! :)

    Love your new look!
    Joe

  2. The MaryHunter says:

    My, Angel… even more food for thought.

    Think about how you felt the last time you were preached at, moralized at,condemned, threatened, labelled, or blamed.

    I fear that, since this list was an “or” list, many well-meaning right-minded bloggers are guilty as charged on at least a few of those unpleasantnesses — myself included. Even though we know that we’re correct on the right (HeH)

    Sort of humbling, that. I have asked God for guidance at times in defending my or others’ posts… but probably not often enough.

  3. The MaryHunter says:

    Woa, though: no hurt can be undone in the literal sense, perhaps, but what is supplication and remorse and forgiveness all about if not to right wrongs done in deed or in word? Isn’t that what Jesus Christ was all about: forgiveness over and over and over again? He even forgave those who condemned him to death and killed him. (Then showed ‘em one good one, on the Third Day, eh?) ;-)

    Just a doggone lot to think about here, and I’m off for yet another business trip related event this evening… yikes… :shock:

  4. Gayle says:

    Excellent Angel! Mary Hunter called you “My Angel.” I like that. Think I’ll start doing that myself. I can use all the “angels” I can get! :)

    I can honestly say I have been angry at people while blogging, but I can also say I have not called them any names. I have banned several from my blog who called me names. I hope that’s okay! :)

    Words do indeed hurt. They hurt terribly. I was raised by an alcoholic stepmother who called me a vile name almost every time she spoke to me. I was only nine when she came into my life. I’m 65. I can still remember all the horrible hurt.

    This is a beautiful post and you are a beautiful person. I just know God smiles on you, my Angel! (There, I did it! It’s going to become a habit.) Thanks, Mary! :)

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  6. Angel says:

    Thank u all so deeply…Did not mean to indict or offend..:)

  7. Neurotic Mom says:

    wow that was my kick in the ass for today haha

  8. Always On Watch says:

    It is one thing to make a global assessment of a “people” and our views of their collective behavior on the planet. Some of us communicate very emphatically about how we perceive the threat of Izlamofacism which has now come to the fore, penetrating into the heart of the public domain.

    It is quite another thing to aggressively churn out personal insults aimed at humiliating individuals.

    I agree, though I’ve been pretty aggressive lately. I will, however, not deny my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Also, “turn the other cheek” is for individuals, not for nations.

    Also, those of us who are married would do well to remember much of what you’ve said here, Angel. My mother’s most emphatic device when my fiance and I were about to get married was “Watch what you say to each other. If you’re really furious, take a walk. Cool off.”

    Just my 2-cents tossed in.

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    SOME PEOPLE GIVE AWAY THEIR POSITION ON THE EVOLUTIONARY SCALE EVERY TIME THEY OPEN THEIR MOUTH…

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