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Well, at the ripe old age of 41, (with hopefully another 41 years left in me), I can tell you that Scripture gave me pause a couple weeks ago when I listened to a sermon on slander. I can admit that accounting for all my empty words on Judgment Day will take a HEFTY chunk of time.
Setting all humor aside, however, I was truly convicted by the message our pastor delivered and the Scripture that he used to support his position. When I consider the empty words I spoke as a selfish child, a hormonal teen-ager, a prideful twenty-something, and an entitled thirty-something...all I can think to say is: in the words of my Minnesota heritage, UFF-DA!
Some people may argue that a few of my "empty word" incidents may have actually been beneficial, or "for a good reason."
- You were hurt.
- You were scared.
- You were pushed to the extreme.
- You had to in order to make it better for others.
- Did I educate someone gently, or did I snap?
- Did I relish the opportunity to "tell them off"?
- Did I use the opportunity to build myself up while also belittling the other person?
- Do we crave the sparring on social media?
- Do we want to get our own jabs in?
- Do we dream of the BEST comebacks so we can make THAT person feel as bad as they made US feel?