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"Before You Press Send": Proverbs 31

Prov31

It was a mean email. The woman had fussed at me up and down, made untrue accusations, questioned my spirituality, and then threw a little Jesus on it.

So, what did I do? I typed an email response that fussed at her fussing at me, defended myself left and right, and threw a little Jesus on it. Then … I deleted what I had written and never sent a reply.

A few days later, I received a second email from the woman, apologizing; she had been having a bad day.

Oh, how I love the “delete” button.

Social media is rife with unkind comments, vicious venting and vengeful vindictiveness. Fiery tweets spawn heated replies; opinionated posts provoke resentful retaliation. I’m convinced people type what they would never say face-to-face. How many times have I clicked “send” then wanted to climb into my computer and get the words back? How many times have you?

To read more from Sharon Jaynes at Proverbs 31, click here.

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