Recently I was challenged by an old journal entry from 2006:
“Yesterday I went to Hungry Henrys. I had Chicken Alfredo. The chicken tasted burnt, but didn’t look burnt. I thought they must have cut off the burnt part and served the rest – but the burn had tainted the flavor of the chicken. We’re like that. If we just try to hide our sin, the scent of sin is still on us, and it shows to others even if they don’t know why.”
Oh boy. Yes, when I wrestle with God over something deep within me, and try to hide it, I end up being ugly to someone. They are left with the completely wrong conclusions. They may think I am angry with them, or they may think I don’t care about what is important to them. The truth is I’ve tainted the flavor of my words with my own sin.
“Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:6
When you burn the chicken, you should start over with new chicken. When you burn someone with your words, you should start over with an apology. Truthful words taste much better – for both the cook and the guest.