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Posted on 26 Sep 2008

Words that Hurt vs. Words that Heal

By J. Garcia

In 1899, four reporters from Denver, Colorado named Al Stevens, Jack Tournay,
John Lewis, and Hal Wilshire met by chance on a Saturday night in a Denver
railroad station.

They worked for the Post, the Times, the Republican and the Rocky Mountain News respectively and had been hoping to spot a visiting celebrity to write a scoop on for the Sunday edition but none showed up.

Al suggested that they make up a story! The other three laughed at first but before long they all agreed to write on China stating that some American
engineers were on their way to China to bid on a major job with the Chinese
government: the demolition of the Great Wall! The four reporters had worked
out the details and the next day all four Denver newspapers carried the story
on the front page.

Amazingly, their story was taken seriously and soon ran in newspapers in the US and abroad.

When the Chinese citizens heard the story, they were indignant and enraged.
A secret society of Chinese patriots who were against any kind of foreign intervention attacked the foreign embassies in Peking and murdered hundreds of foreign missionaries.

In the next two months, 12,000 troops from six countries worked together to invade China to protect their countrymen.

The bloodshed which was born out of a journalistic hoax has since then been known as the Boxer Revolution.

Proverbs 18:21 says that "the tongue has the power of life and death." Proverbs 12:18 says that "reckless words pierce like a sword but the tongue of the wise brings healing." We must therefore learn to use our tongues to speak words that heal rather than words that hurt.

Commit your life to Christ  today and let Him make your words a source of comfort rather than criticism
or condemnation. 


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