Be wise with your words

It’s not always easy, especially in the heat of the moment.
But, be wise with your words.

You’re better off being calm, than feeding the flames of conflict with your words.
Harsh words are gas on the fire.
They enrage.
They anger.

A tongue that says whatever it wants, causes trouble.
It stirs up strife.

It can escalate a small disagreement, into a full blown battle.
It’s ego driven.
It’s unwise.

When you handle your words with care, you’re stable.
You’re mentally and physically healthier.
You’re wise.

“Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”
(Proverbs 12:18, NIV)

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
(Proverbs 15:1, ESV)

That’s not good advice.
That’s God advice.
Let’s listen.

Don’t let your emotions open the floodgates of your mouth.
If anger strikes, be slow to speak.
Think, before you say.

Words are a one way street.
Words are a door walked through, but locked on the way back.
What’s said, is said.
For better.
For worse.

If emotions are fueling your words…
Take a deep breath.
Take a pause.

Your words will either escalate a situation or calm it.
You choose.

And being wise with what you say isn’t about being silent, it’s about being thoughtful.
It’s about weighing your words before letting them fly.
It’s in your best interest.

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.”
(Proverbs 21:23, NIV)

A guard on the gates of your words, will save you stress.
It will save you conflict.
It will save you pain.

Verse after verse tells us to watch our words.
So, let’s listen.
Let’s weigh what we say.
Let’s be wise.



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