"I hate you, Alicia!" Tom yelled at her. “Never come back to my room again! You are a thief!"
"Hey, what are you saying!" Called Grandpa, coming down the hall. "What is all this yelling about?"
"Tom says I stole his scissors, but I didn't," Alicia yelled from her room. "He's a liar and he better not come into my room too!" Alicia finished saying and yanked the door shut.
With a sigh, Grandpa scanned the room. It wasn't long before he discovered Tom's scissors on the hall table. Both children, very angry, insisted that the other had left them there.
"Silence!" Ordered Grandpa. He motioned for them to follow and headed into the kitchen, where he put an egg and an empty cup on the table.
"Alice, break this egg and put it in the cup!" Grandpa told her. The children wondered where Grandpa was headed with all this, but Alice obeyed.
“Now you put the egg back into the shell. Please, the same way it was before! ”Grandpa told Tom.
Tom frowned. "What do you mean?" He asked. "This is impossible grandfather. You can't fix a broken egg. "
"Like Humpty Dumpty, right?" Grandpa said with a chuckle. Then he got serious. “The point is, there is something else like Humpty Dumpty, something that CANNOT be easily fixed. I am thinking about the feelings. Children, you said ugly things to each other. Collecting the words is something as impossible as composing an egg ”.
Both children felt bad. "Never forget how damaging words can be," Grandpa warned. “God says that the tongue is like a fire that cannot be quenched. Such is the great damage that words can do. Even when you say you're sorry, this doesn't make them go away. "
"I'm sorry," Tom told his sister.
"Yeah… well… me too," Alicia replied. "You can come into my room, if you want."
How are you?
Are you careful about the words you say, or say things before you think them? Even when you apologize, the other person may still remember those words you said. Ask God to help you control your tongue.
Let no bad word come out of your mouth, but only that which is good for edification, according to the need of the moment, so that it imparts grace to those who listen.