"Words can punish and wound and don't leave any physical evidence."
"God says that there is nothing more important
for us to learn than for us to love others well." Leslie Vernick
When describing unhealthy relationships, Leslie says, "Many people suffer in relationships where words and gestures are the weapons of choice; and they are used to manipulate, control, punish and wound and don't leave any physical evidence." Five destructive patterns are listed below as well as five steps to help you begin to make changes in your life. To find out more, you can check out Leslie's book The Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It.
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Words to Live By:
"Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose" Proverbs 18:21 (MSG).
"With their words, the godless destroy their friends, but knowledge will rescue the righteous" Proverbs 11:9 (NLT).
“You have heard that people were told in the past, ‘Do not commit murder; anyone who does will be brought to trial.’ But now I tell you: if you are angry with your brother you will be brought to trial, if you call your brother ‘You good-for-nothing!’ you will be brought before the Council, and if you call your brother a worthless fool you will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. Mathew 5:21-22 (GNT, 1992).
Emotionally Destructive Relationship: Seeing It, Stopping It, Surviving It - Leslie Vernick
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