Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Gracious Words

Have you ever blurted out the wrong words at the wrong time? Horrified, you wish you could push the rewind button and start again – but, unfortunately, the words are irretrievable.

Scripture tells us to keep watch over our tongue, and for good reason. Words have the power to create strife or peace; to build up or destroy; to bless or curse.

The old adage claims ‘words never hurt me.” That, however, couldn’t be farther from the truth. Words do hurt and can wound a heart for a lifetime. But the right words spoken at the right time have the power to heal and comfort.

Words count – so count your words!

“Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.
Psalm 141:3

“There is one who speaks rashly like the thrusts of a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
James 3:2 .

“A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."
Proverbs 15:1

“A man has joy by the answer of his mouth, and a word spoken in due season, how good it is!" Proverbs 15:23