A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words made tempers flare. The tongue of the wise makes knowledge appealing, but the mouth of a fool belches out foolishness. (Proverbs 15:1-2 NLT)
How quick we are to accuse, defend, criticize, judge, and complain! Harsh words cut to shreds the dignity and character of the recipient.
James 3:1-5 likens a person's tongue to a ship driven by ;a hurricane force wind and to a forest fire out of control. How many marriages end up in the divorce court because unruly tongues? How many churches split over the issues of unruly tongues, harsh words, lack of cooperation, or ego driven personalities?
Have you ever wished you had not said something? I'm sure that is the case for one our senate candidates in Missouri. Words hastily spoken without considering the ramifications can haunt you for a long time, and cause severe damage. Let us be diligent in guarding our tongues, and ask the Lord to help us put a positive spin on all our words.