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Words have meaning, and the meaning of our words command consequences. With a gun we can kill and maim, with words we can destroy a person’s soul and wound the heart forever. With the wrong choice of words, we can destroy relationships and burden someone else, and even ourselves, with the heavy burden of bearing a grudge, or even demanding, “payback.”
But words also have power to forgive; therefore, words have the power to make us free, free to be the true Children of God. God has empowered us with the Gift of Forgiveness, thus giving us the power to create community with each other, and the gift of a free and loving relationship with our Creator God.