1412) Nails in the Fence

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     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

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Ephesians 4:26-27  —  In your anger do not sin.  Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.

Proverbs 29:22  —  An angry person stirs up conflict, and a hot-tempered person commits many sins .

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.


Heavenly Father, I know that You examine my heart.  Search the inner depths of my heart and expose anything that is not pleasing to You, so that I can be set free.  I know that I have directed anger toward others and that I still have anger inside of me.  I confess this sin to you and ask you to forgive me and to take my anger away.  Heal any wounds that I have inflicted through my words and actions.  Help me to speak words of forgiveness and healing.  I pray in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

–Author unknown