““Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
There’s an interesting story about a man who had spoken some unkind words to his daughter. So he went to his pastor and told him that he was trying to take some of those words back. The pastor replied, “Okay, I want you to rent a 747 and fill the whole entire plane with feathers. And then I want you to fly over the entire United States and open the doors and let the feathers be scattered throughout the country. Then I want you to come back and see me.” Somewhat puzzled, the man obediently followed the pastor’s instructions. After he had completed the task, he came back and told the pastor that he had done exactly as he was instructed. He then asked, “What shall I do next?” The pastor looked at him with piercing eyes and said, “Now go back and pick up every feather.” The man answered, “That’s impossible!” And the wise pastor answered, “Yes, and you will never ever be able to take back those words.” We need to think about all the unkind words that we have spoken this year. We can never take those words back. Oh they may have been spoken in anger or during an emotional reactionary moment, but they were not words spoken with grace. Remember, words can build up or words can tear down. “I tell you, on the day of judgment, people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” Matthew 12:36–37.