The Hurtful

Psalm 19:12-14. “But who can discern their own errors? Forgive my hidden faults. Keep your servant also from willful sins; may they not rule over me. Then I will be blameless, innocent of great transgression. May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”

We four sisters were chapel speakers for a school. We challenged three students to a contest to see who could squeeze out all the toothpaste from a tube the fastest. The audience cheered and in a few seconds, one had successfully accomplished it. She thought she had won.

We told her the contest wasn’t over because the next thing the contestants had to do was put all the toothpaste back into the tube.

The kids just stared at us, because they recognized that putting toothpaste back in a tube is an impossible task.

So, it is with our words. Once spoken they can’t be taken back. Once they are out of our mouths they can never be retrieved. We can say we didn’t mean it. We can apologize. We can hope time erases their stinging memory. But our words are still out there.

We have all done it. We wish we could take back the hateful, hurtful, awful words we sometimes speak, but we cannot.

So, every day we need this prayer on our lips, that our words and thoughts are always pleasing in God’s sight. If we know that we are pleasing Him, then what we think and say will be the right words.

Father, I know I think and say the wrong things, please help me today. May the thoughts in my heart and the words out of my mouth be pleasing and acceptable to You.


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