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Proverbs 12:6, Proverbs 12:18, Proverbs 15:4
Sticks and stones
May break my bones
Will never hurt me.
We have all heard this rhyme, and although it sounds kind of cute, it’s really not true at all! Words do hurt. If someone says something rude to you or lies about you, you may smile on the outside and try to look tough, but on the inside it hurts a lot! It feel like a nail has been driven straight into you.
(Take out the board and nail a nail into it).
Each time someone says something hurtful it is like driving another nail into you. (Drive another nail).
Maybe sometimes you get angry and say something mean or hurtful to someone else. Guess what that is doing? That is like driving a nail into them. (Drive another nail).
Sure, sticks and stones may break our bones, but words can certainly hurt you! (Drive another nail).
(Hold up the board with the nails in it).
The sad thing is that many people go through life with all of these nails stuck in them. They don’t go away very easily. Maybe is something a parent said, or a friend, or a teacher that still bothers you years and years later.
Only through God’s help and being willing to forgive other can these nails be taken out.
(Take out all of the nails and then hold up the board).
However, even though all of the nails are out you still see the scars and marks that those words left. We need to be be quick to forgive people of the hurtful words that they say. We also need to be careful that we are not the one using painful words on others.