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. You will find it is impossible to do so.
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 that hurtful words create.
Consider the damage done by a hand grenade or a wrecking ball, even the simple event of a dinner plate crashing to the floor. How difficult, if not impossible, would it be to make everything as it was.
“A word out of your mouth may seem of no account, but it can accomplish nearly anything or destroy it! A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can do that. By our speech we can ruin the world, turn harmony to chaos, throw mud on a reputation, send the whole world up in smoke…” (James 3:5-6 The Message)
One of life’s greatest and hardest lessons is controlling the tongue. Like throwing a hand grenade…one may be sorry they threw it, but the damage is done. The impact permanently alters all that it touches. Scars remain…how many…time will tell.