Nails in the Fence


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My dear blog friend Shelly, at Deeply Rooted in Him, just posted a blog about anger. It reminds me of this little story.

  

Nails in the Fence

There once was a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence.

The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence.

Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested that the boy now pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone.

The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.”

The little boy then understood how powerful his words were. He looked up at his father and said “I hope you can forgive me father for the holes I put in you.”

“Of course I can,” said the father.

Author Unknown.

James 1:19-20

My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.

Scripture: www.biblegateway.com

Image: google images

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9 thoughts on “Nails in the Fence

  1. Good morning,sis. Beautiful story.Has a
    deep meaning 🙂 every utterance that came out from our mouths will leave an impression especially words in anger. Have a blessed sunday morning, sis.

    Reply
  2. Wow. Those nail prints in Jesus’ hands are there because of me. And those scars will still be there when I meet him in glory. Thank you for this beautiful reminder. And I pray I will be slow to anger so God can produce the righteousness in me that he desires. May I not cause anyone to have to wear another scar because of me. God bless you, my friend.

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