“Guard your Words”
Updated: Nov 7
When we get angry, we have probably said some things that we later regret saying. If we are honest, we all have probably done that at one time or another (my hand is up). The problem is once those words are out you can’t bring them back. In the book of James, it talks about the tongue and how it is full of deadly poison.
James 3:8 (NIV)
8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
Your words can also be used to calm a situation. In Proverbs it talks about how we should speak to someone. A gentle response turns away wrath opposed to harsh words. It takes a lot of self-control to guard our tongues, but it is possible. This is where it is vital to be walking in fellowship with God. With the Lords help we can control our tongues.
Proverbs 15:1 (NIV)
A gentle answer turns away wrath; but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Being around small grandkids, you see this verse lived out in real life. A gentle tone in your words works wonders in dealing with small grandchildren. We need to practice this same thing when dealing with adults. A good practice to always guard our tongues. It isn’t always easy, but it will work wonders in keeping your relationships nurtured.