Our words can affect others more than we realize sometimes. Let’s face it, we all do it…say something we which we had not said. And then we beat ourselves up, or someone else does, for that tactless slip that we cannot believe we just uttered. We can apologize, but sometimes what was said, or what others have said to us, stays ingrained for a long time. Talk about a lasting impression!
That’s why it’s so important to stop and think before we speak.
This passage is one of my favorites.
1 My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
2 You are the most excellent of men
and your lips have been anointed with grace,
since God has blessed you forever.
We are not perfect. Learning graceful speech may take time, and I know it will be worth it.
Here are some more resources to consider.
- A gentle answer turns away wrath,
but a harsh word stirs up anger. -Proverbs 15:1
- Therese J. Borchard’s article states that words can change your brain and affect your genes.
- The old saying, “You can catch more flies with honey, than vinegar,” I believe is profound.
It’s important we condition ourselves to speak kindly, or with tact, when words need to be spoken. So, when speaking to others today, speak kindly, and think kind thoughts.
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about.” -Wendy Mass,
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