Did you know that the word “sarcasm” is derived from Greek and means “tearing of the flesh.” What a descriptive term for the emotional effect of hurtful speech!
Words have the power to hurt, but they also have the power to heal and bless.There are two words in particular that have tremendous power. They are almost always used in association with prayer. They express an attitude of humility that blesses others. At times these words are a sacrifice, and almost always a mark of maturity.
In the realm of human relationships, these two words express kindness, respect, and consideration. They go a long way in preventing hurt feelings and misunderstandings. They defuse volatile situations and disarm enemies. They subtly season our speech with grace to bless our lives.
These two words are always a delight Today, especially this week, I bless you with “Thank you.”
© 2003, John C. Fitts, III. All Rights Reserved. Reprinted from Grace Drops, Volume I (2003).