Thoughts that Hurt, Thoughts that Heal
Before you assume, learn the facts.
He who guards his lips, guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin.
Before you judge, understand why.
The first to present his case seems right, till another comes forward and questions him.
Before you hurt someone, feel.
An anxious heart weights a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.
Before you speak, think.
Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.
A man of knowledge uses words with restraint, and a man of understanding is even-tempered. Even a fool is thought wise if he keeps silent, and discerning if he holds his tongue.
What a strong exhortation for me. I know from personal experience the destruction and pain that comes when I disobey God's call to extend grace to those with whom I disagree. I especially struggle with the temptation to assign sinful motives to behavior when I have no right to judge another person's heart. There is no wiggle room in these truths, wise and good counsel for every day living but especially for us in these times. Praying I will practice this and that others will view me through this scriptural grid. May we be known by the grace we extend to others, free to sharply disagree but always respectful, not patronizing and demeaning. Daily circumstances are sandpaper for our souls, an opportunity to reflect Jesus. Let's be careful out there!
In His grip,