Words are so powerful. I think we forget how much. We take comfort in words of hope offered to us or by us in times of trouble. Insulting words can hurt us and damage how we look at ourselves. Yet it is hard for us to remember that sometimes in our encounters with others. 

Sometimes we make words into concrete barriers of who is in and who is out. We forget Jesus' example that those who are out are first and we who are in are last (Matthew 19:30). How come it is so hard for us to reach for God's words of love?  It seems as though it is much easier for us to quote condemnations, words that hurt, instead of reaching for the words of love that open up ways of hope, peace, and love. Fruits of the Spirit and balms for the soul so that others may encounter life abundantly. What words will you use today?