I hate double-minded people, but I love your law. You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word. Psalms 119:113-114 NIV
At some point in our lives, we will be hurt and disappointed by someone we hold dear. Often the hurt, though perhaps unintentional, comes from things said. Regardless of the reason, the words have done damage, and we have been wounded. But, of course, at other times, we have been the perpetrators of the hurt.
The word of God never creates hurt but brings healing, comfort, and hope. It is the place to turn for guidance and strength. True, it may convict our hearts and move us towards repentance, but that's a good thing. When that happens, we seek forgiveness from God and those we've hurt.
As followers of Christ, we strive to put God's word into action, and by studying scripture, we learn how that looks. Although we do not wish to harm, we are human and, at times, unknowingly falter. Thankfully, this doesn't mean we are a failure, or God no longer loves us. Just the opposite, he stands ready to forgive.
God, thank you for the hope found in your word. We confess that though we try to live according to your will, we stumble and create hurt. Forgive us; we pray and refresh our hearts with the wisdom of your word. Amen.