Five-Minute Friday: "Only"

One day late.  Oh, well.

Today's five-minute writing prompt appears courtesy of Five Minute Friday.

"I don't know why you're so sensitive.   Yeah, what he said was mean, but it's only words."

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.  Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.  (James 3:9-10)

"It's only locker-room talk.   It doesn't mean anything."

But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people.  Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.  (Ephesians 5:3-4)

"I don't know why you're so sensitive.  It's only a joke.   Sheesh, stop being a killjoy and laugh once in a while."

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. (Ephesians 4:29)

"It's only a little white lie on a Facebook meme.  The larger point still holds.  Why do you care so much?"

Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to your neighbor, for we are all members of one body. (Ephesians 5:3-4)


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