Hurtful Words

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Take a feather pillow and climb a high tower on a windy day. Once on top, cut open the pillow and let the feathers loose in the wind. Then, climb down from the tower and gather all the feathers and place them back in the pillow. Impossible, you say. I would have to agree.

You see, the feathers are like the hurtful words that leave our mouth. Once they are spoken, you cannot get them back. You may think “I’m sorry” makes it all better, but the most sincere “I’m sorry” cannot undo the damage done by hurtful words.

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  1. Reblogged this on Dr. J's Apothecary Shoppe and commented:
    This blog entry is a perfect complement to the entry “Guarding the mouth gate: speak no evil.” “Hurtful Words” offers a most insightful discussion expressed ever so clearly and concisely. Great post!

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  2. This is the corrected comment instead of the previous entry which is not correct. Pardon, the inconvenience.

    Thank you for your post today. What a penetrating revelation expressed ever so clearly. Your commentary was a perfect companion for my blog entry posted today: “Guarding the mouth gate: speak no evil.”
    I spoke of “The Power of the Tongue” in a poem with that title and containing these lines:

    The Power of the Tongue

    But the tongue can no man tame;
    it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison
    James 3:8

    We know the tongue has power to generate life,
    To produce seeds that will eventually take root
    And will bring forth two very different kinds of fruit:
    Love, joy and peace or envy, confusion and strife
    Can build or destroy a brother, a friend, a wife.

    In fact, your posts yesterday and today are like the second and third verses of the same song that we are both singing. Thanks also for the “like,” and “‘like’ back at ya!” Both posts were wonderfully well done.

    God bless,

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  3. Thank you for your post today. What a penetrating revelation expressed ever so clearly. Your commentary was a perfect companion for my blog entry posted today: “Guarding the mouth gate: speak no evil.” I spoke of “The Power of the Tongue” in a poem with that title and containing these lines:

    Guarding the mouth gate: speak no evil
    Once again, I start my day with the Verse of the Day:
    Once again, I prefer reading the verse in the Amplified Bible:

    In fact, your posts yesterday and today are like the second and third verses of the same song that we are both singing. Thanks also for the “like,” and “‘like’ back at ya!” Both posts were wonderfully well done. I plan to reblog to Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe.

    God bless,

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  4. “Dead flies will cause even a bottle of perfume to stink.” Ecclesiastes 10:1, TLB.

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    • I posted a blog on the same subject, but your reference to the “perfumer’s fragrance” particularly resonated with me in a strong manner. The same term is also translated “apothecary” in the King James Version:

      Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

      The expression “a fly in the ointment” is derived from this translation.

      In light of my blog’s title “Dr. J’s Apothecary Shoppe” and my former profession as a pharmacist or apothecary, your comment using Ecclesiastes 10:1 was especially meaningful for me. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. This was especially timely for me! Not sure what my day holds for me but I’ve been getting a lot of reminders to stay positve!
    Thank you for yours!
    😉

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  6. Steven Sawyer

    I reblogged this too, Butch, on For His Glory. When I read your post it reminded me of a newsman on a radio station in Montgomery, Alabama years ago. After every one of his news casts he would sign off with this quote from the rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam,
    “The Moving Finger writes; and, having writ, Moves on:
    nor all thy Piety nor Wit
    Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line,
    Nor all thy Tears wash out a Word of it.
    Of course it’s about the “written” rather than the “spoken” word, but the principle’s the same.
    I also heard an interesting quote recently: “You never have to regret or take back words you never speak.”
    Great post. I love the feather pillow illustration.

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  7. Steven Sawyer

    Reblogged this on For His Glory.

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  8. Reblogged this on Resting in His Grace and commented:
    Most meaningful words by our friend today. Lord, let the words I speak and write today be a blessing to You… and to others.

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