Sticks And Stones
If they have called the master of the house Beelzebul, how much more will they malign those of his household! Matthew 10:24-33 We used to teach our children that sticks and stones may break our bones but names will never hurt. From a physical point of view it was only partially true. Further, unless the child has had a broken bone this philosophy can be confusing because broken bones heal, and soon regain full function of the body. Yet to be called out of someone’s name has the potential to break the spirit. Healing of the spirit can take much longer than any broken bone and full function of the spiritual gift within can take even longer. As believers, Paul encourages us to be adult in our thinking (1 Corinthians 14:12-25); to be aware of the spirit and the mind in what we say and what we do, in order that we may build up the church. In this way, those who come to us broken in spirit shall find healing in the functioning fullness of the Body of Christ.