On the one hand, powdered sugar sweetens life — the powdered donut, a tray of powdered brownies.
On the other hand, powdered sugar on a black shirt or blouse lets others know that we have sinned!
Maybe that is exaggerating, but it does show the wisdom of the effects of our actions are manifest to others and on others.
Little moments of inattention — glancing at the cell phone while driving, blurting out in anger while at the dinner table, dashing off a hateful email in a moment of rage — these can hurt and possibly kill.
These extreme examples stand side by side with others — scowling rather than smiling…
Here are a few pieces of wisdom from the past.
“There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing”. Proverbs 12:18 ESV
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Ephesians 4:29
“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Ephesians 4:29
So, we need to be careful while doing one thing, making sure that it does not do a harmful thing!
Or, my granddaughter’s offer of her bib, about which I wrote yesterday.