“Stick and stones can break my bones, but words will never hurt me.”
Of course, this is a lie made up to act like what people say don’t hurt us.
Please read the following verses. Look for the words the Holy Spirit asks Paul to use.
1 Paul looked straight at the Sanhedrin and said, “My brothers, I have fulfilled my duty to God in all good conscience to this day.”
2 At this the high priest Ananias ordered those standing near Paul to strike him on the mouth.
3 Then Paul said to him, “God will strike you, you whitewashed wall! You sit there to judge me according to the law, yet you yourself violate the law by commanding that I be struck!”
4 Those who were standing near Paul said, “You dare to insult God’s high priest?”
5 Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.'”
6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.”
7 When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
8 (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.)
9 There was a great uproar, and some of the teachers of the law who were Pharisees stood up and argued vigorously. “We find nothing wrong with this man,” they said. “What if a spirit or an angel has spoken to him?”
10 The dispute became so violent that the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them. He ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force and bring him into the barracks.
11 The following night the Lord stood near Paul and said, “Take courage! As you have testified about me in Jerusalem, so you must also testify in Rome.”
A lot happens here in Acts.
Paul is slapped for what he is saying and he wishes the same to happen to the high priest, except he doesn’t know that is the high priest.
So Paul uses words to issue an apology of sorts.
Then the Holy Spirit has Paul say words that divide the crowd, so much so that the Pharisees who hate Paul are defending him.
Words are a powerful medium, make sure you choose them carefully.
In fact, may we run the words we are about to say through the Holy Spirit of God.
This may slow are speech but help boost our reputation.
Think how many times as the words are still coming out of your mouth, that you wished you hadn’t said them.
I can think of some times, how about you?