A few weeks ago I developed a sore on the inside of my mouth, caused by periodically biting down when I chewed. It didn’t heal immediately but as I intentionally ate more slowly and carefully, I stopped chomping down and the sore got better. Thankfully I didn’t need to go to the doctor. The sore is almost entirely healed but I can still feel where it was, which I take as a reminder to pay attention.
Along with physical sores, periodically we find ourselves nursing emotional sores; we say or think biting words, and sometimes we are the recipients. We care for these injuries by making adjustments and by praying, and looking to God for help. It takes time to heal but through faith, healing happens. We may be left with a reminder, which helps us to replace irritation with love.