A Hole in a Fence

Most have heard the parable entitled, “The Hole in a Fence.” If not, in short there is little boy that has an anger problem and his Dad told him to drive a nail in the fence each time his lost his temper. He quits popping off and so his dad suggested that he pull out every nail when he holds his temper. Alas, all of the nails are pulled out and then the Dad told his son, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there. A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one.” Proverbs 18:21 reminds us there is power of life and death in the tongue. What our tongue produces has eternal implications, for it reveals what is in our heart. As born again believers our speech should consistently honor the Lord: with the tongue “we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be” (James 3:9-10). Shirley Cesar said, “Hold my mule” and I say, “Hold your tongue.”

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About ljpinnock

I am a 4given sinner saved by the blood of Christ.
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