Proverbs of a 37 yr old man
A bird does not stop as it flies and the effects of an insult do not pause. Instead, the insult continues to cause trouble. An insult is like the bird, because an insult continues to cause trouble. Perhaps the insult was only one word. Perhaps you spoke that word many months ago. But the insult upset your friend. And that person is still unhappy. You ought to go to your friend and ask them to forgive you. Otherwise, your stupid insult will continue to cause and stir up trouble. Listen, a good person's words will benefit many people, but you can kill yourself with stupidity. Don't hold grudges, but on the other hand, it's wrong not to correct someone who needs correcting. So Guard your souls. If your brother or sister should sin, rebuke them, and if they repent, forgive them. Yes, forgive the ones who say they are sorry so your Heavenly Father can forgive you.
Study Prov. 10:12