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Taking The High Road With My Words

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high road“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence. 12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” Proverbs 10:11-12

I wonder if we will ever truly be convinced of the power and potential in our words? ESPN’s reporter Britt McHenry was captured by a surveillance camera berating a towing company employee after her car was towed: “I’m in the news, sweetheart. I will (expletive) sue this place.” The employee tells McHenry she’s being recorded, but it doesn’t stop her from continuing her rant.

“That’s why I have a degree and you don’t,” she says. “I wouldn’t work at a scumbag place like this. Makes my skin crawl even being here.” Later McHenry says, “Maybe if I was missing some teeth they would hire me, huh?”

The employee apparently says something about McHenry’s hair and the color of her roots. McHenry sasses back, saying, “Oh, like yours, ’cause they look so stunning, ’cause I’m on television and you’re in a (expletive) trailer, honey. Lose some weight, baby girl.”

ESPN suspended reporter Britt McHenry for a week after seeing the video. McHenry apologized on Twiiter saying, “As frustrated as I was, I should always choose to be respectful and take the high road. I am so sorry for my actions and will learn from this mistake.”

As our text says, your words have the power to bring great blessing or inflict great harm. Our words have the power to destroy relationships, “hatred stirs up strife,” or to heal them, “but love covers all offenses.

Of course the key in all of this is control of the tongue. Later in Proverbs 10:19 we read, “When words are many, transgression is not lacking, but whoever restrains his lips is prudent.”   Abraham Lincoln said, “It is better to be silent and thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt!”

What’s amazing about this video that was released is that Britt McHenry was told she was being recorded and looked up at the camera and continued her venomous words. Our Heavenly Father is watching and hears every conversation we have and what has to be even more offensive than the sin of our words has to be the fact that we knowingly flaunting them in His face.

The silver lining in this whole episode was the response from the towing company and the offended employee. Advanced Towing sent CNN this statement regarding the incident: “Parking enforcement is contentious by nature. At the same time, neither Gina, our lot clerk, nor our company, have any interest in seeing Britt McHenry suspended or terminated as a result of her comments. “Ms. McHenry is our neighbor, and, as she said, to paraphrase, made remarks that were out of line. She is human and errors in judgment can be made in the heat of the moment. “Gina is a single mother of 3 children who works a difficult job to provide her family. Gina holds no ill will toward Ms. McHenry.”

“The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.”   If someone has offended you why not take a lesson from God’s Word and refuse to return the offense. It’s been said that in holding a grudge all you’ve done is allow the offending person to live rent free in your head.

Why not today choose to return hatred with love. Who knows that perhaps in speaking well of the offending person, even behind their back, that you may find that your love puts an end to the bickering and heals the relationship.

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