Careless words…

Read Job 8

Focus on verses 2

Carelessly spoken words have a way of coming home to roost, even more so in this age of cyber media where one careless tweet, or blog post can go viral in mere seconds, with no opportunity to undo the damage that is done.

A old friend who works on computer hardware once told me that the hardest part about fixing computers is getting the smoke to go back in. (in other words if it seriously overheats to the point where it starts to smoke, there is little hope of recovery.)

Words are very similar, once you have released them from your mouth; it is impossible to unsay what has been said. You can apologize… you can claim you didn’t mean it… you can try to explain it away, but you can never ever undo what has been said.

Bildad is asserting that Job should probably stop talking while he is in the emotional state that he is currently in. “How long will you say these things, and the word of your mouth be a great wind.”

When we find ourselves in an emotional state of any kind, it becomes even more important to measure our words and think carefully about what we say. Too often we say things in a state of anger or pain that we later regret having said. There writer of the Proverbs says “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.” It seems the reverse is also true. A word spoken carelessly is like a rotten apple that spoils whatever it touches.

 

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About Dented-Knight

Peter Enns (aka - The Dented Knight) is a native of rural southern Manitoba, Canada. He is an ordained minister, the proprietor of LNE Web Services, father of four, grandfather of two, and life long husband of one. 
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