Do you find yourself opening your mouth to speak, and before you can catch yourself, it’s out? And, you realize it’s not very nice. You should have never have said what you did. No matter how mad you were, or how wrong they did you, it should have never been spoken. I know. I’ve been there too.
But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth.
We really must think before we speak. I know that is something I’ve had to work on the older I get. I’m bolder about some things. I speak up, if need be. But, sometimes leaving things as they are is the right thing to do. We aren’t supposed to make it worse. We aren’t supposed to harm anyone. Maybe someone hurt us or harmed us. But, we are not supposed to fight back. We are not supposed to get even.
“Vengeance is mine; I will repay,” says the Lord.
We are to speak and act differently than the world.
Remind them to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends.
Let us now move forward and practice using good, encouraging words. Instead of harming someone, use words that will help.
Gracious words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.