Well, I guess I have to swallow my pride and write this post! I believe that I hurt someone’s feelings from a previous post that I wrote. Being a writer, I write whatever I’m feeling, and sometimes that gets me into trouble! Honestly, I didn’t intentionally write to hurt anyone but just to vent my feelings.
As the Bible says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue” (Prov. 18:21). That verse was brought to my attention during a book club I am participating in with some women from church. What a powerful thought that I can control death and life with my tongue! As I have been meditating on that verse, I have become more aware of the words that I say (and the words that I write, for that matter).
Proverbs 25:11 says, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” What a beautiful image of how our positive, encouraging words can affect others! Yet, I must confess that this is one area in which I am always struggling. I have always worn my heart on my sleeve, and my tone and words always reflect my feelings (even if I’m trying to hide them).
Yesterday, it was brought to my attention that I upset someone with my words, and I admittedly reacted indignantly at first. After all, they had offended me with their words first! But as I stewed over the matter, I began to recall how Christ had forgiven me when I did not deserve it. How could I, a worthless sinner, not forgive them over a little matter when Christ had forgiven me for so much more?
I humbly ask that person for forgiveness, and I join with the psalmist in asking God:
“Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my Strength, and my Redeemer” Psalm 19:14.