Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
1 Timothy 3:11
In the same way, the women are to be worthy of respect, not malicious talkers but temperate and trustworthy in everything.
A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
– Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.
– Women don’t get a free ride. They too should hold them self to a level worthy of respect, holding their tongue and temper, and making themselves trustworthy.
– A gentle response defuses anger, but a sharp tongue kindles a temper-fire.
Yesterday was about what we say. Today let’s focus on how we say it! Just as much as words can hurt, so can tone! We can have the right motives and the right words but our delivery can plain stink! Even the times when we know God wants us to step up and step in we can still manage to blow it by not having a loving tone. We are not meant to stir up anger or controversy but to diffuse it. We are to only say the things that help and hold ourselves to a level worthy of trust and respect.
I often have to remind my children that they don’t have to reveal everything that they know. Sometimes we also need to hold back knowledge and not “spill the beans”. We often have more information then what needs to be shared. So don’t share it!
Lord, guide me and direct me in the things that you want me to say on your behalf. Help me to know when to shut my gates and when to open them. Help me to hold myself to a standard worthy of trust and respect. Help me to deliver my words in a kind loving way. Amen