Right Word, Right Place

And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses. Colossians 2:13

A journalism professor at Columbia University is credited with creating a sentence which can have eight completely different meanings depending simply on the placement of the word “only.” Here’s the sentence: 

I hit him in the eye yesterday.

Consider the variations:


Only I hit him in the eye yesterday. (No one else hit him.)


I only hit him in the eye yesterday. (I also considered slapping and poking.)

I hit only him in the eye yesterday. (I could have hit plenty of others.)

I hit him only in the eye yesterday. (Not in the nose or the mouth.)

I hit him in the eye only yesterday. (Ah, what a day that was.)

I hit him in the eye yesterday only. (Had it been two days in a row, he would really be mad.)

The point of the exercise is to show that one little word, in the right place, can make a big difference.

There’s a single word that can make an eternal difference in the lives of men and women, and that word is forgiven.

Right now, when God looks at you, He either sees you with the word “forgiven” written upon your life, or He sees you with the word “unforgiven” on your life.

If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, you have been forgiven. That means that His forgiveness is applied to all yours sins, past, present, and future. Today, you can stand in freedom and joy because of one simple word, accomplished by the awesome work of Jesus on the cross. You have been forgiven!

Have a great day and keep moving forward!