“Some things are best left unsaid.”
I read that phrase tonight – written by someone I respect. I have seen it before, I have said it myself. And what I think I always meant by it was this (or something very close): “There is a lot I could say, because you only have seen/heard one side of the story so far. But I will be mature about this – I will rise above the hurt and the bitterness – I am big enough – unlike … ”
As I read that phrase tonight written by another, it crossed my mind that this phrase is best left unsaid (and unwritten). Because it fools no one – the “unsaid” is being said.
I hear and see lots of things that fall into that category – bitterness oozes out just as love does. A lot of stuff oozes out. Stuff we think doesn’t. That is science!
And I have oozed many times. Stuff I thought had not. Stuff I thought was invisible. Stuff I would have preferred to remain invisible.
I think that is worth saying.
Because if “some things are best left unsaid” – why even tell me that?
Jesus said, “When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. ‘Pray then in this way: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And do not bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” Matthew 6:7-15
Can you ever imagine GSHJ looking me in the eye and saying (knowingly): “Some things are best left unsaid, Paul.”
I think that is worth saying.
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Thanks Melissa – not sure why I did. But I did.
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I’m glad you did write this brother! I love the simplicity, and just like an arrow is a simple projectile, it pierces right to the heart for we ARE all truly guilty of things like this now and again. Many times it is subtle and like you stated we don’t always realize it. But–this is why we need one another in unity and in the bond of peace and love, because there is none of us perfect and we need the REAL love that is displayed when someone cares more for our eternal well-being than being concerned about their possible rejection or hurt feelings. I wish more people would realize that what some dismiss as “tough love” is still true love when given in that unselfish spirit!
I can see why the Lord has brought me your way brother, at least the more I read, the more I recognize your sensitivity to the Holy Spirit and the humility with which you present sensitive yet necessary subjects. God bless you my friend, my brother in Christ! Hugs to you and yours in Christ Jesus!
Roland, you touch me so deeply when you write. Thank you.
And something else for you. A comment box between Don Merritt and myself. A subtle distinction in the matter of “constraint” – between “the bible” and the “Word who became flesh”. I asked Don a question, and his reply has been rattling ever since. And then you rock up and I sense a triangle of thinking – have a look and see what you think? 🙂