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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Sticks And Stones....But Words CAN Hurt

You have probably said it a lot of times as a kid.  We all likely did--"Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me."  Well, you and I know that's not true.  Words can hurt---very painfully.  The Bible tells us, "The tongue that brings healing is a tree of life, but a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit."  Proverbs 15:4 NIV)The tongue is very powerful.  It can change lives--for good or bad.  It can completely change our course or trajectory in life.  God loves words.  He made a whole book of them--our life manual, the Bible.  There is a whole book in His Word about love and conveying it carefully with words by King Solomon in the Song of Songs or in some Bibles, Song of Solomon.  That book is truly a display of the love of words.

I thank God for doctors and health personnel.  God gave us doctors and medicine for a reason.  Doctors and other health personnel are trained to treat the body.  Sometimes it is good news and sometimes it's not.  What if you were told by a doctor you had cancer and it was going to change your life?  Chemotherapy can wreak havoc on a body.  You have to concentrate on getting well with less stress and much prayer.  I'm sure mentally, it can take its toll.  And what if the cancer came back?  Too difficult to imagine.  You might wonder if your body could go through that again.

But what if during your cancer treatment and fight for your life--you were told 3-6 months out that it's about time you get over your illness--something you have no control over.  You're not 'yourself' yet, but people around you think it's time you get over it and move on.  Would you even think of telling someone that?  No, I hope not--especially if you had gone through the same thing.  

God's compassion and love extends to everyone.  All people want to be loved.  Right where they are at.  No one wants to live in fear of telling fellow Christians they are struggling with depression and be rejected.  Just like cancer, a chemical imbalance is nothing anyone has control over.  It may return at any time and rear it's ugly head.  And if it does then we should come to their time of need as if it were any other kind of disease, as a friend and not run the other directionA fellow believer's acceptance of someone with depression is so important.  Many depression sufferers suffer in silence due to embarrassment, shame as if it's their fault, and fear of anyone knowing.  Let's meet everyone where they're at just like Jesus did as the perfect example of unconditional love.  God Bless!