This morning I came across a few verses that I thought would be worth repeating. Well, really worth the reminder.
Proverbs 15:1 says, “A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
Proverbs 15:4 says, “A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit.”
Our tongue is very powerful. It can be used to bring comfort or heartache. I’d say this also hold true when we use our written words. Social media has loosened our tongues because we don’t necessarily have to speak with someone face to face. We are allowed to speak our minds, hurt others or gossip without leaving the comforts of our own home as we let our fingertips do the talking.
On the other hand, what we say can also bring great comfort and encouragement. I love using social media to encourage others. I also love to do this in person. It is always a blessing to walk alongside someone who is in need of support.
Next time you feel anger towards someone or you want to give your opinion, take the time to pray about what you’d like to say. Sometimes the Lord changes your attitude and therefore how you express your thoughts. Sometimes He calls us to be silent and not say anything at all. In those cases where encouragement is needed He will give you the words to say.