Friendship Baptist Church Kansas City, Missouri
Watch Our Words
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There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing. - Proverbs 12:18 

 

"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." Those words by the late Mother Teresa are incredibly appropriate in today's climate of vitriol and violence. Our conversations are often characterized by an overwhelming desire to win the debate, provide the quick "come back" statement or simply to overshadow the opinions of others. We are often reckless and careless in our use of words without thought to the power they have. Like the proverbial saying  in chapter 12, verse 18, " rash words are like sword thrusts..." The painful and pointed words we use often inflict long lasting hurt on people we converse with. We should aim to be better than that.

 

In an age of "tweets" and "emails", words are often "texted" and "sent" without thought to who they might hurt. The constant urge to "comment" or "reply" runs counter to the counsel of scripture in James 1:19, "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry"  Our attitudes and actions are often nurtured by the words we speak. The Christian community of faith can bring healing in our world by choosing our words wisely.

 

Let us offer up continually the prayer, "Help me Holy Spirit, to watch the words I say." The world will become a better place if we become better with our words....and our "text messages" and "tweets".

 

 

Proverbs 17:27 ESV 
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

 

Proverbs 21:23 ESV 
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.


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