We all stumble in many ways. If we don’t stumble in what we say, then we are certainly on the road to a perfected faith.
That’s not easy, especially when it comes to trials. I think I can safely say that most, if not all of us, tend to lash out when things are not going well. At least initially. When the trial falls upon us. But if we will ask for wisdom…wisdom to see our circumstances, the trial…from God’s perspective rather than our own, then there’s hope that we will not only endure, but that we will also grow through the process. Our faith will be purified and strengthened. It will become aged and refined. And our words will reflect a heart that is turned toward the Lord.
Words do hurt. They can cause a lifetime worth of damage. So be careful what you say. Practice being quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. Ask God for help to bridle your tongue. Your words have great potential for both good and evil. Blessing and cursing. Choose the good. Choose to bless. Choose to encourage and build up. Admonish when necessary, but always speak the truth in love. And point them to Jesus.
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