What are words?
I often think about words and how they impact our daily lives. From what we read to what we hear, words have the ability to make or break our day
Have you ever just messed up? Said something stupid – something hurtful – and are left wondering how in the world those words ever came from your lips? I think we all have at some point in our lives. I used to wish my mouth was a vacuum and I got turn on the suction button at any given moment and just take the words back. But, we can’t.
Matthew 12:36-37, “I tell you, on the day of judgment people will give account for every careless word they speak, for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Steps to guard your tongue:
1. Control your thoughts. Some of us feel free to think whatever we want. No one can hear, right? The reality is, what’s on our minds can sometimes pop out of our mouth unexpectedly. Don’t allow yourself to think harsh words. Don’t allow your mind to run crazy. If you start down a path mentally where you don’t need to go – STOP! Redirect your thinking.
2. Consider before you speak. Choose your words carefully. If you start to grow out of control, take a moment and regroup. Don’t strike out like a snake in a corner. Pause between comments. Run your sentences through your head first. Edit what you say!
3. Say what you meant to say. When you mess up, say you messed up. Tell the person what you meant to say or apologize for being stupid. It takes courage to say you are sorry. And some of us are good at it and some of us are not. When we consider Matthew 12:36-37, it is a wise choice to get it straight now.
Today, work on your language. Think about your words. Control your thoughts. And when you make a blunder, make it right.