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Careless Words

Posted by kirxander on December 7, 2016 at 10:25 AM
Matt's lesson Sunday was on our speech. How it can be used for good and bad. Here is a great story on this idea:

There is a story of a woman in an Indian village who maliciously gossiped about another lady and her family in the village. One day she found out that she was wrong about this lady and her family and had a change of heart. She went to the village’s wise man and asked how she could take back all the wrong she had done. The wise man told her to go home, kill her chickens, pluck their feathers and put them into a bag. After this she was to go back and see the wise man again, but on her way back she was to scatter all the feathers she had plucked from the chickens.

The lady did as she was told. When she got back to the man he told her, " Now go back and pick up all the feathers that you have scattered. " The woman was astonished at such a command and said, " By now the wind has carried the feathers throughout the village and beyond." The wise man then told her, "And so it is with your careless words. They are like the feathers scattered in the wind. You can not retrieve them." With that the woman, with a broken heart because of the words she had spoken, went her way determined from that day forward to watch her words.


Careless words, whether gossip, or angry, or mean, or flippant, can be damaging to others. And like this story illustrates, they're not easily taken back. There's a gospel song that talks about this same concept. Here are the lyrics:


Angry words! O let them never,
From the tongue unbridled slip,
May the heart’s best impulse ever,
Check them ere they soil the lip.

Love is much too pure and holy,
Friendship is too sacred far,
For a moment’s reckless folly,
Thus to desolate and mar.

Angry words are lightly spoken,
Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred,
Brightest links of life are broken,
By a single angry word.

The chorus to this song reminds us of the attitude we should have, and the speech it should inspire:


Love one another thus saith the Savior,
Children obey the Father’s blest command,
Love each other, love each other,
’Tis the Father’s blest command.

Hope you have a blessed week!

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Reply Becky
4:30 PM on April 4, 2017 
Great story to illustrate the damage we can do with our words. I guess the same analogy could be applied in the positive though. If we say good positive words they too could be spread like the feathers.
Reply Lanai
10:52 AM on January 22, 2017 
Matthew 12:37
For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.? ♡
Reply Liz Dewitt
4:26 PM on January 10, 2017 
So true 😏