Pause Before You Speak

Do not let any unwholesome
talk come out of your mouths.
      —Ephesians 4:29

You’ve been hurt, offended, mistreated, and you’re hotter’n a microwave. You’re not going to take it anymore; you’re going to give her a piece of your mind.

Before you do, punch the pause button and measure what you’re about to say by these questions . . .

Is this a loving thing to say?
“Let all that you do be done in love” (1 Cor 16:14 ESV).

Is this a godly thing to say?
“May the words of my mouth . . . be pleasing in your sight, O Lord” (Ps 19:14).

Is this a kind thing to say?
“If you claim to be religious but don’t control your tongue . . . your religion is worthless” (Jas 1:26 NLT).

Is this a gracious thing to say?
“Let your speech always be gracious” (Col 4:6 ESV). ”

We are responsible for some of
what we hear and all of what we say.

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