As we ruminated as to the why, by putting the pieces together we realized we were discussing a life that has suffered serious setbacks along the road to happiness several times over, thus developing the habit of disappointment. The defense against this kind repetitive pain is to never seriously think about something or someone that could in any way again fail to enrich your mind and heart with the joy of satisfaction. Thus no emotion of happiness or disappointment is permitted.
The kind of human despair suffered by our friend is often brought on by a continuous bombardment of negative words, or at least seared with broken promises or caustic remarks about your person or dreams.
The Quaker, Jessamyn West wrote:
“A broken bone can heal, but the wound a word opens can fester forever."
Today, we enter the festive, holiday, Merry Christmas Season. Gifts will be given, cards exchanged, and all sorts of nice words received and given. I’m willing to bet that every one of my regular readers, all three of you, can recall seasons past. And while you cannot recall a card, or even a gift from that particular Holly Jolly time, you do recall sharp, bitter, caustic words from someone to or about you. Whether these words were uttered last Merry Season, or years ago, back in your childhood, you remember them to the letter, to the day and time of day. They entered your ear and sank into your heart, and the wound they opened is still, as Jessamyn said, festering forever.
As we grow we must learn to cleanse our mind and heart from the painful words that have been spoken to or about us, whether purposely designed to hurt or spoken without thought. We can do this through forgiving the person, and accepting truth from Christ about ourselves and our relationship to and with Him through faith. Jesus said something in John’s gospel that has helped me immensely over the years. Here’s the verse:
“It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” John 6:63.
It’s okay to throw away the caustic words of others and accept the life giving Words of Jesus.
Copyright © 2014 Larry Lilly
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