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The Eighth Commandment

The Eighth Commandment

You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.

I remember my older brother saying this little proverb to me after an afternoon of being teased at school. Unfortunately this little proverb does not always ring true. Everyone has been hurt by a thoughtless comment made by a friend or loved one. In fact, contrary to the proverb, wounds caused by slander can often hurt much more and last much longer than broken bones. I’m sure that most can think of a situation where a family was torn apart, sometimes irreparably, because of a thoughtless word said at the wrong time.

Words can hurt. Whether you are the 6th grade girl being picked on by your female classmates, the 16 year old boy teased by your peers or the 60 year old employee who never got promoted because that coworker trashed your reputation, you know how deep words can cut. Read the rest of this entry