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Words kill

Lent Reflection Week 1

Matthew 5:21-22: “You’re familiar with the command to the ancients, ‘Do not murder.’ I’m telling you that anyone who is so much as angry with a brother or sister is guilty of murder. Carelessly call a brother ‘idiot!’ and you just might find yourself hauled into court. Thoughtlessly yell ‘stupid!’ at a sister and you are on the brink of hellfire. The simple moral fact is that words kill.”   (The Message)I’ve long been a believer and a teacher in the power of words.  Our words have to power to create and they have the power to destroy.  Those of us in positions of authority, do we use our high position to build others up with our words, or do we use our position to keep others down with our words?  Or do we even notice to care? We are most susceptible to hurt those we love with our words, I suppose because we take these relationships for granted.  What words are you choosing towards your spouse today?  your kids?  your friends?  your parents?  your neighbor?  Our words can carry blessing, or they can carry curses, which do you choose today?In this Lenten season, I’m wanting to monitor and be self-aware of my words.  The choice to bless instead of curse comes from the well within us.  Look inside, is the well fresh with grace, or dank with bacteria?  That’s the place to start, its an issue of the heart.  That my heart would bless today. peace,marshall