Watch Your Words

A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger.
             —Proverbs 15:1

Gentle words defuse explosive situations; harsh words light the fuse.

Caustic words inflict wounds that heal slowly, if ever. Eric Idle said it well: “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will make me go in a corner and cry by myself for hours.”

Here is a trio of verses that merit thought, prayer, and practice.

Set a guard over my mouth, O Lord; keep watch over the door of my lips (Ps. 141:3).
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up … (Eph. 4:29).
Always be willing to listen and slow to speak (Jas. 1:19 NCV).

Before speaking ask yourself if
it will improve on the silence.

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