Be careful with your words. Once they are said, they can only be forgiven, not forgotten.
Just as a physical wound would have to heal, a verbal wound takes time, too. And the deeper the cut, the longer it takes and the more likely it will leave a scar.
"The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks."What can be clearer than that? If I speak evil it's because I have evil in my heart. If I speak good, it's because I have kindness in my heart. What I say to others reveals to them the true nature of my heart. It also reveals to them how I really feel about them. When we love someone and we don't want to hurt them, we bite our tongues. When someone matters to us, we show it by what we do and don't say. So when I speak hatefully and hurtfully to someone, I'm giving them the non-verbalized message that it means more to me to say whatever I want to say than that person actually means to me.
Watch your thoughts, for they become words.
Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
That's what careless words do. They make people love you a little less.
Words are pale shadows of forgotten names. As names have power, words have power. Words can light fires in minds of men. Words can wring tears from the hardest hearts.