The Last Word
Harsh remarks may be regretted later, but
they can leave scars even after the wound is healed—
BUT if you bite and devour one another, take care lest you be consumed by one another (Gal.5:15) —
Yes, this was written to brethren in the churches of Galatia. But do you think it is any less true of families? If all one hears is criticism, fault-finding, complaining, will it not destroy their mate —their self esteem, their love, their desire to please, their desire to make this marriage work? Is there no room for kind words, for compliments—a thank you? or I appreciate you?
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but
a good word makes it glad (Pro.12:25,NKJV) —
You can’t do anything right…
Why didn’t you…?
I’m sorry I married you…
These and other such harsh remarks may be regretted later, but they can leave scars even after the wound is healed.
THERE is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing (Pro.12:18) —
You don’t need anyone to come between you and your mate. You can destroy your relationship by yourself. You can kill the love you once shared. You can destroy the respect vital to a healthy relationship. Just keep biting and devouring . . .
Destruction is sure to follow.
Bible Comments, 3, a publication by Joe Fitch originally intended for distribution among small congregations in Texas.
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