THE SCATTERED PAPERS
Once upon a time an old man spread rumours that his neighbour was a thief. As a result, the young man was arrested. Days later the young man was proven innocent. After been released he sued the old man for wrongly accusing him.
In court the old man told the Judge: 'They were just comments, didn't harm anyone..'
The judge, before passing sentence on the case, told the old man:'Write all the things you said about him on a piece of paper. Cut them up and on the way home, throw the pieces of paper out. Tomorrow, come back to hear the sentence.'
The next day, the judge told the old man: 'Before receiving the sentence, you will have to go out and gather all the pieces of paper that you threw out yesterday.'
The old man said: 'I can't do that! The wind spread them and I won't know where to find them.'
The judge then replied: 'The same way, simple comments may destroy the honour of a man to such an extent that one is not able to fix it. If you can't speak well of someone, rather don't say anything.
A great forest is set on fire by a small spark. Likewise, our tongue also is a fire. If used for wrong means it can corrupt not only the others but also the person speaking those ill words demeaning others. A bad trongue sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire to be ruined totally.
Whereas the mouth of a righteous man utters only words of wisdom, and his tongue speaks only what is just.
Let's all be masters of our mouths, so that we won't be slaves of our words. Let us keep our tongue from evil and our lips from speaking lies and gossips.