"You will have to live with the consequences of everything you say. What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words." (Proverbs 18:20-21)
"What goes up, must come down," goes the saying. In this case is it's more like what comes down must go up. These were some of the huge rain droplets that fell during one of the strong thunderstorms passing through our area in the last few days. The rain was falling so fast with such huge droplets that the church parking lot quickly became a shallow lake responding to each falling droplet with a resulting upward rising water formation. In the language of physics we might say that every action results in an equal and opposite reaction. In other words, falling water results in rising water. There are always some sort of consequences...
Spoken words are always met with some sort of reaction, and the reaction is dependent upon the tenor and velocity or ferocity of the spoken word. As the writer of Proverbs says, "What you say can preserve life or destroy it; so you must accept the consequences of your words." We have such power in our words, and yet too often we want to pretend that we can suspend the relational laws of physics. In other words, we want to pretend that we can sling hurtful words without there being any lasting consequence. We turn our opinions into powerful verbal assaults because it feels good in the moment or it accomplishes some greater agenda that we espouse.
Today I hear a lot of hurtful, judgmental words hurled back and forth. In order to engage in such sport we suspend the rules of decorum and mutual respect. The consequence is a journey toward a society with little respect for one another. The less we respect one another, the more we become capable of doing all sorts of hurtful things to one another, and as the writer of Proverbs says, "(We) will have to live with the consequences of everything (we) say."
I pray that God will help me think about the consequences of my words before I say them. How about you?
Blessings and Peace,
Pastor, Sand Hill United Methodist Church
Boaz, West Virginia
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