Insensitivity makes a wound that heals slowly!
Words like, “Whoa–she’s put on some weight!” Or a question carelessly asked,
“Trish, is it true you and Brian are separated?”
If you were to tell the one who threw these thoughtless darts about the pain
they caused, the response would be, “Oh, but I had no intention. . . it was just
a slip of the tongue.” No one’s at fault. No harm done.
But as the innocent attackers go on their way excusing themselves, a wounded
soul is left in the dust. God says, “He who guards his lips guards his
life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin” (Proverbs 13:3).
The message is clear. Excuses are shallow when they come from those who
claim to be followers and imitators of God. Insensitive slurs may be
accidental—but they’re not excusable!