Do you know any people who are quick to take (and cause) offense? They freely speak their mind but discount others’ opinions. Do these words ever describe you? There is a difference between speaking your mind and knowing when and how to speak. The heart behind our words matters. We are called to express God’s truth with love, forgiveness, and kindness, even to those with whom we disagree. Do your words accurately reflect God’s character and heart?
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. —Ephesians 4:31-32
Prayer: Jesus, if I’m honest, there are times when my attitudes and words contribute to conflict and create divides between me and others. Pride and fear stir up my emotions, cloud my thinking, and rule my tongue. Forgive me and make me a person who speaks with love and wisdom. I pray in Your name, amen.
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