“You are so stupid.” “You’re worthless.” “You will never amount to anything.” “I hate you.” “You are such a loser.” I hope you’ve never heard those words, and I hope that you’ve never said them. But a great many people you know have been beaten down with words like those.
Words like those can damage people permanently. They crush the human spirit, maybe permanently. Our world is full of wounded adults who were badly hurt as children long ago, and sadly they perpetuate the abuse on others. But that’s where you come in: “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Proverbs 12:18).
Our wounded spirits have been healed, and are still in the process of being healed, by the gospel’s love messages from God. Don’t believe the abusers in your past! Believe the God of your present and future. And what a thrill it is to be useful to God by passing on his kindness to people who are starving for it. Let’s practice: “Great job!” “I really like what you’ve done with your home.” “I appreciate you so much.” “Thanks for being my friend.” “I value your advice.” “I love you.”
Pastor Mark Jeske has been bringing the Word of God to viewers of Time of Grace since the program began airing in late 2001. A Milwaukee native, Pastor Jeske has served as the senior pastor at St. Marcus, a multicultural congregation on Milwaukee’s near north side since 1980. In addition, he is the author of six books and dozens of devotional booklets on various topics.
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