Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. Ephesians 4:29 NIV
One of the most important lessons I have learned in my life is to be careful of the words which come from my mouth. I pray constantly that I put my brain in gear before I allow my mouth to be in motion. Sometimes it is difficult, but I know there will be fewer misunderstandings if I can achieve that goal.
I frequently ask myself, “What do my words communicate to those around me?” Healing, hurt, wisdom, foolishness? It is not a secret that our relationships are affected positively or negatively by what we say. When we strive to incorporate principles for healthy communication, we are able to strengthen our relationships.
“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 15:1 NIV
We are able to diffuse an argument by responding with statements which are not harsh, offensive, or judgmental. Pausing and thinking for a moment before replying is always a great idea.
“The tongue of the wise adorns knowledge, but the mouth of the fool gushes folly.”
Proverbs 15:2 NIV
God wants us to have the tools we need to improve our relationships with others. We will be better at expressing ourselves in all situations. We will be able to express ourselves in a more loving and respectful manner. Praying for Our Heavenly Father’s guidance is a great place to start. Sometimes it is better to not say something that could cause misunderstandings or confusion.
Please pray for me, as I am praying for you and all God’s children.