Snapping leads to retaliation and violence, like school shootings. Ugly and aggressive speech does not just disappear in thin air. It poisons the heart and wrecks relationships.
A family appeared recently on the Oprah show. The tall, late-teenage son was accused of swearing at his mother. Oprah challenged the father directly, “Why don’t you stop him?” Good question. After a long silence the father mustered a limp reply. Had the son learned to swear from his father? Since the son was bigger than his father, was the father intimidated? The parents and two sons in this family looked like fine people. But they were eating each other up with seething hostility and revenge. Could the final outcome be even worse? Yes.
When dogs snap at each other we laugh. When people snap at each other, how do we react? We can give every day a beauty treatment if we stop snapping, start looking for the best in others and drawing it out. That is practical holiness!
Our Lord Jesus Christ, you set patterns of control and kindness for us that heal our human relationships. Help me to clean up my attitudes and my speech. Amen.