Have you ever said something that you wish you never had? The old saying, “Sticks and stone may break my bones but names will never hurt me!” was so wrong. Words spoken to us with venom have scarred us all, given us sleepless nights and in some cases brought tears as well as fears.
Our tongues have enormous power – both for good and for evil. The Apostle James put it this way: Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity. The tongue is so set among our members that it defiles the whole body, and sets on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire by hell.
Jas 3:9 With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God.
The question I always need to ask myself is, “Do I really need to say this?”
Words from the lips of the followers of Christ should always be those that encourage, forgive and speak of grace.
Pro 25:11 A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.
Commit your tongue to God. Beyond that, commit your whole inner being to Jesus Christ, and ask Him to forgive you and to cleanse you of anger and hate, and to fill you instead with His love and patience.
Proverbs 15:1 says….a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger…