The Sting of Unpleasant Words
March 16, 2018
Mona Pineda (Marnell)
Pleasant words are a honeycomb,
Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
I have to be honest.
Sometimes this verse just sticks in my craw – and much to my worn out chagrin – it has been stuck there a great deal recently. It’s getting dadgum painful.
Because here it is – I can be pretty – what my mama used to call ‘catty’ –
when I am frustrated, hurt, or plain just don’t get my way – I am snide, unkind, impatient, and selfish. And it seems like during this Lenten season, as I have leaned in and listened for the voice of the Lover of My Soul – I’ve been especially aware of my UNpleasant words that grieve the spirit of God and cause me and those close to me to stumble.
These unpleasant words sting like a honeybee, stir up bitterness, and inflict wounds. My cattiness hobbles me and keeps me from being the healer I am called to be.
I wonder if anyone else struggles with using unkind, stinging words. I wonder if anyone else couches a little cattiness in comments like, “I don’t want to be ugly, but…” I wonder if anyone else feels a little heartsick after a saying things that sting and burn.
So. We are, nearly through Lent, but it’s not too late for me to repent. And so I do.
I want, with all my heart, for my words to not just be sweet – but to healing and life-giving.
May it be so.