Sometimes we capture words before they leave our mouths and we are thankful those words were never spoken. Studying Bible scripture will help us learn to routinely retrain our thinking to stop hurtful words from flowing forth.
Bible Scripture and Words In Ministry
If you are doing anything at all for God, words will be delivered to you that do not mirror your efforts in ministry. We won’t progress to the next level with God unless we learn how to deal with criticism. Not every word spoken to us is from a pure heart that wants us to succeed; however, we should welcome criticism that is accompanied by the God kind of love expressed throughout Bible scripture.
Bible Scripture For Your Next Words
God teaches me to wait before I respond to someone who is irritated. Sometimes I don’t respond at all; however, if I do respond I try to make my answer soft, backed by scripture in action exuding a love-filled message. I don’t always succeed by example but being aware of the words I release may help others who are also trying to alter the words they speak by not being harsh. People usually know when their words have hurt someone. If my words are kind and thoughtful even when the other person didn’t deserve that response, I will help them recognize they may need to learn how to filter the words they speak. Every Christian should study Bible scripture, especially Christ’s words, to notice how He responded.
Bible Scripture and Hurting People
People may speak from an inner place of being wounded and their own promptings in speech are usually from a painful situation they never dealt with. Anger, hatred and mistrust can spew forth from their lips. God likes to bring these people by our doorstep to help teach us to meditate on our words before they leave us and bring hope to others through our actions. When a person understands why other people erupt out of brokenness, they will have compassion towards that person and not retaliate in anger. Use Bible scripture to study the life of Jesus Christ and you will discover how His words brought healing to others.
Check your lips at the door! Ask God to let your mouth speak only words that help heal the one standing in front of you that was probably wounded from ill-spoken words. Every person can eliminate poorly chosen words from their speech and progress to a day when they will not want to retrieve their words.
“A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words cause quarrels” (Proverbs 15:1).
Lord, put a guard over my mouth so my words will be pleasant to hear and bring life to those they fall upon. Help me to imitate the words of Christ from Bible scripture and to always check with You before I blurt out a response.
Silence may be the loudest voice to speak clarity at that moment. Amen.