TAMING THE TONGUE: It is beautiful (and scary!) to see in action just how much power words can have. – I was in an on-line chat where a young woman was sharing her confused feelings about her son.
He had been conceived while she was living with her then-boyfriend. They had become Christians and married, but she said she was having a hard time confessing her long-time sin of premarital sex, became it had given her their beautiful son.
I wrote, “You don’t have your son because of your sin. You have him in spite of your sin.”
She was just SO relieved and uplifted to understand this thing that merely took substituting “in spite of” for “because.”
The scary part, of course, is that if we can do so much good with a few words, imagine how much damage we do when we speak thoughtlessly or out of malice.