Pastor Bill has said more than once that some people have told him that on occasion they get more out of the children’s stories than the main sermon. I thought it might be kind of interesting to take a look at a few “kid’s lessons” this week . . .
Get a can of shaving cream or whipped cream. Go ahead . . . I’ll wait. Now, squirt a bunch of it into the palm of your hand. Now put it back in the can. What? It can’t be done?
And that is how it is with words. They can’t be taken back. Once they’re out there, they’re out there for good. Apologizing may help, but the injured feelings may linger for a long, long time. And not only harsh or critical words, but I think gossip falls into that category as well.
Proverbs 15:4 says, “Gentle words bring life and health; a deceitful tongue crushes the spirit.” James 3:5 states, “So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what enormous damage it can do.” Reading on, it tells us to remember that “words are like a fire . . . you can neither control nor reverse the damage they can do.”