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Session 2

What to do when words hurt

Read: Luke 6:35-38, Proverbs 18:21, Hebrews 3:13

“Sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me.”

You probably remember chanting that phrase at bullies as a kid. We've all said those words, but often they don’t feel true.

Some mean words are intentional and some aren’t, but either way, they cause damage. The tongue is a powerful weapon that can be used for good or bad. Proverbs 18:21 says, “The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”

Instead of getting even with those who hurt us, Luke 6:35-38 tells us to love our enemies and forgive them. Often, those who hurt us need love more than anyone else. As we consider our own words and the words others use toward us, one thing is always true: Hurting people hurt people. Behind every unkind word is a person who is hurting inside.

May our words be life to those who are hurting. May we do as Hebrews teaches and strive to be a source of encouragement to everyone around us.


  • When was the last time you said something you immediately regretted? What did you learn from that experience?
  • Is there anyone you need to forgive today? Is there anyone you need to ask to forgive you for something you said?

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