When I think about the words that we say and how they affect others, I think about the phrase from when I was young. “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” We want that to be true, we like to think the words that people say don't hurt or even affect us, but we know they do. We can put on a tough exterior, but inside words can cut like a knife and can inflict more damage than physical pain. I tend to forget this from time to time, and catch myself saying things that I never thought I would. Even for a mature Christian, a tongue unchecked can get out of hand quickly.
1. When was the last time you caught yourself saying something that you regretted later?
2. What pain or discomfort did it cause those around you?
Challenge: Pray that God would help you keep your tongue in check. Is there someone you need to apologize to or make things right with? Do it today and begin to repair the hurt you may have caused.
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