Saturday, March 31, 2012

When Words Leave a Scar~

Lord, guard my mouth. Keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3

Rusty Nail
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There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His Father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence.

 Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn't lose his temper at all.

He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, "You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. It won't matter how many times you say 'I'm sorry', the wound is still there." ~ Author Unknown

Heavenly Father,
Words spoken in anger can never truly be "taken back". In Proverbs 18:21 your Word tells us that death and life are in the power of the tongue. We desperately need you to be the guard at the door of our lips. May every word that we speak be pleasing and acceptable to you. May every word that proceeds out of our mouth be a word that brings life!
In Jesus' name, Amen~


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4 comments:

  1. wow. good, thoughtful words. great word picture to keep in mind when considering our speech!
    have a blessed day,
    steph

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  2. amen, i had forgotten about this story! words are so powerful...i'm convinced that we truly don't understand just how powerful they really are. i'm trying to teach the kids to have filter on the mouth {and ears and eyes} and to only speak uplifing things...not always easy.

    thanks for the reminder, God bless~

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