Many drafts waiting for me in my WordPress dashboard but I came across this post on my Facebook timeline by one of my GB officers and I knew I just HAD to post this before anything else – it is such a timely reminder for me, especially at this moment when things have been happening because of what I’ve been saying.
Whenever we speak out of fear, anger, ignorance, or pride—even if what we say is true—those who listen will hear more than our words. They hear emotion. But they don’t know whether the emotion comes from love and concern or disdain and disrespect, so we risk misunderstanding. If we listen to ourselves before speaking out loud, we can judge our hearts before our careless words harm others or sadden our God.
Lord, help me to think before I speak, to check my heart. Help me to control my tongue and to express myself clearly so that I won’t cause dissension. Set a guard on my lips.
Words spoken rashly do more harm than good.