“What your eyes have seen do not hastily bring into court, for what will you do in the end, when your neighbor puts you to shame?” ( Proverbs 25:8, ESV).
An old, anonymous poem states:
There is no nourishment in verbs,
Nouns don’t have much flavor.
Prepositions are quite flat;
Pronouns have no savor.
Adjectives have little spice,
Adverbs haven’t any
Words are pretty tasteless things
I know — I’ve eaten many.”
Perhaps the surgeon general should print the following:
“Warning: Thoughtless words have proved hazardous to health. It causes guilt to the user, and heartbreak for the second hand user!”
Beginning a conflict is a very serious thing indeed. There are times when it must be done, I suppose, but careful consideration should precede the decision to do so. Don’t launch hastily into court against someone; don’t repeat the newest, juiciest gossip.
Consider the facts. What if your information is wrong? What if you’re shamed in public for acting on unreliable information?
If you’re hungry, eat something nutritious like fruit and vegetables. Eating one’s words brings humiliation, and its aftertaste leaves you still hungry!
Used by permission from Forthright Magazine (www.forthright.net). Copyright © 2011 Stan Mitchell