Words must be genuine in order to be true. Too often we forget that the feelings and emotions behind our words are heard
Distance may move us closer
Be careful with your words. But be generous with encouraging words
What is in a word?
I do not know about everyone else. But I love and hate word games. Did you know that about 1/3 of the world speaks of the Earth coming up to the rock when it is let go from a hand, instead of falling to the earth. Think about that: more than a billion people use a language that describes the opposite of gravity. I have studied, Latin, Italian, French, Vietnamese, Mandarin, New Englandeese, Ebonics, Texan, Mexican and Spanish, Hebrew, German and some Farsi and Ethiopian along with Navajo and Hopi. Sanskrit, Laotian and Mung. Funny but I cannot speak a word of any of them, something to do with my nose and the acreage it entails. I study them in linguistics for nuance of the cultural perspective. Most are aware that a hardened N sound followed by a lower thrust vowel almost in a grunt means NO in most languages. SU (like Sue) followed by a hard consonant almost always means a sweetness of some sort. M followed by a light vowel is the mother and P is almost always the opposite as in yin and yang. A is almost always a femme and O usually a masculine. Calvary Chapel types love to read the Bible line by line and dissect. Catholics love to be told what whole versus mean. Episcopals like logical and a holistic approach where as Baptists like strict construction and literal. Mormons like result oriented and Lutherans like rule oriented. There is East Coast/West Coast(like rappers) and Euro and Asian subsets within all those sets giving different emphasis and even meaning to our Bible. There is Vulgate Roman Catholic Latin and Greek Orthodox Constantinian Latin.
But no matter where you go or what language you use, you will be tripped up if someone (???) is trying to do so to you. So while the verses help us to memorize a few and church litanies are great tools, we must be careful. Quotations and blind faith is very dangerous. Using the Lords’ name in vein is not saying God damn it. It is the misapplication of scripture to further a human agenda. Or even the proper application of scripture to further a human agenda. So do not swear to something but let your word be your oath and your bond. Let your heart be your dictionary and interpreter and let Christ be your intercessor.
And they sought to lay hands on Him, but feared the multitude, for they knew He had spoken the parable against them. So they left Him and went away. Then they sent to Him some of the Pharisees and the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.