As a child while I played with other children as kids do, I learnt some valuable life lessons. I’m still learning from those moments that I didn’t give a second thought to.
Like that time when I was five years of age sitting on an old metal see-saw (teeter totter for Americans) that my father bought around and put together in grandma’s courtyard. While we were rocking up and down the metal handle that I was holding onto in order to keep my balance came off in my hands. I remember being surprised and upset because as we were rocking I nearly lost my balance and nearly fall off. Dad had noticed so he stopped rocking us while holding onto the boy. I became upset and pegged the handle at the floor but to my horror I clocked the kid on the head. I was mortified. Dad was slowly becoming furious as he consoled the boy. When the other kid calmed down I was disciplined.
Even though I didn’t mean to hurt the child, the fact remains, I did.
In the same way, we can aim words at people with our good intentions in the hope that they’ll be received in the way we intend them to. But the truth is that we don’t really know where our careless words will land or how those words will be received. Ignorance is no excuse. We need to watch what we say by really giving thought to the weight of the words before we speak them. They have the power to build someone up or hurt them. It’s our responsibility is to abide by the social adults code of behaviour, “hurt no-one”.
Matthew 12:37 New King James Version (NKJV)
37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
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