“When words are many, sin is not absent…”
O Lord, twice I have learned the truth of today’s Proverb.
Twice I have given full vent to my anger, spewing words at another person. And both times the eruptions have caused me much grief.
Even though I felt completely justified at the time for the hurt they had caused in my life or my child’s; the damage to the relationships and the way I felt afterwards was not worth the momentary release of anger and frustration.
The examples I have heard about words spoken are so true: you can’t put the toothpaste back in the tube – you can’t put all the feathers back in the pillow, you can’t un-break an egg… because you can never undo the impact words have, after they’ve been heard.
“…but he who holds his tongue is wise.”
Since those two occasions, I have become “wise.” When the anger builds up and the words are on the tip of my tongue, the memory of those two outbursts comes to mind immediately, and I am able to hold my tongue and think before I speak.
Thank You for imprinting them so indelibly on my memory to keep me from sinning in this fashion again. Thank You for teaching me that these words which so easily roll off my tongue are not the godly way to handle situations.
Keep this lesson in the forefront of my mind so that my witness will not be wasted. Let me honor You with my words. Amen