Did I just say that?

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As soon as the words pushed past my teeth and I heard them out loud, I could not believe that I was the one saying those things! What we say can never be completely taken back.
In a moment our words have the ability to encourage, challenge, uplift, comfort, discourage, judge, pressure, belittle, anger or hurt.
Jokingly, I often say “my filter is broke”, but honestly I’m not disciplined enough in the control of my mouth. Unfortunately those who are closest to me can often be the ones that I hurt.
Yesterday was one of those days. A friend who I dearly love had just shared something sensitive with me. I should have known that she was in a tender spot but, somehow it didn’t connect to my sensitivity emotion.  Without thinking, in complete disregard to her feelings I said something that made her feel less than she is.
Here lies my problem. If someone was to ask me, “would you ever do something intentionally to hurt your friends in this way”? I would vehemently declare, “of course not, I love, cherish and value them. I want to build them up!”But the thing, the very thing that I do not want to do is often what I do.
I confess, I blew it, I’m at fault and I am grieved that I would allow my sin to hurt someone who I love.
I have asked forgiveness from my friend but words spoken can never be taken back and I have the regret that I was the one to impart pain to one of my friends.
Have you been here? Does your mouth run wild?
Set a guard over my mouth, LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3
Lord, guard my mouth. Remind me that it’s not what goes into a man the defiles a man but what comes out of him. I confess to you that I have loose lips and your love and care for others is not always primary in my heart and in my mind. Thank you for bringing this to my attention. I pray that you would repair the damage that I have caused and remove any wedge that could be left behind. Will you fill in the gap Lord that I have created?

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