When I was a child growing up in Sunday School there was a cute little song we used to sing called, “O be careful little eyes what you see”. One of the verses reads, “O be careful little tongue what you say”. How true this is not only for children but for all of us. Words that people say have gotten a lot of people in trouble. There are many things said that those who said them wish that they could take back. There are a lot of things said through social media or through texting that once the send button has been pushed it is too late to stop. The Bible actually says a lot about words spoken.
James instructs us to “be quick to listen and slow to speak”, in chapter 1, verse 19.
If we think about what we are going to say before we say it then it can save us from a lot of embarrassment or regrets. If we are angry then it is so much better not to speak until we have had a chance to cool down or analyze the situation. Words spoken from an angry spirit usually fuel a situation and generate a negative response.
Proverbs 15:1 reminds us that “a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stir up anger”. We should use our words for the benefit of others not for their harm. What we say can cause others to want to know the God we serve or to run far away from Him.
James 1:26 says that, “If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person’s religion is worthless”. The Holy Spirit of God can and will fill us and help us to be careful of what we do and say if we will allow Him to do so.