“Many Words”

This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
In the multitude of words sin is not lacking, But he who restrains his lips is wise. (Proverbs 10:19)
Have you ever said something and then later wished you had never said it? I certainly have. Sometimes it was something I said in anger, and even though what I said might have been true, I certainly added fuel to a fire that only got worse. Sometimes it was something that I heard and felt I needed to pass along to others, with the excuse that I wanted to keep folks informed. Then I learned that it wasn’t true. Oops.
Yes I know that relationships are built on good communication. It is important that we open up and share ourselves with others. Yet I wonder if sometimes it wouldn’t be more prudent to be a little more careful about the times that we share and how we share it.
President Lincoln had a practice of writing letters, even angry letters, but waiting before he sent them. More than once he had second thoughts and didn’t send that angry letter. He was glad he had waited.
Words are something that really can’t be taken back. Sometimes the wounds our words create are too deep to be quickly forgotten.
Be careful about your words beloved. Words indeed can wound, but words can also heal. Let’s try to practice those healing words.