Choosing Our Words Wisely

The Bible has much to say about words – some of the clearest are found in Proverbs and James. Both books warn us about the need to be careful in how we speak. One example is in Proverbs 12:18, “The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” James 1:19 reminds us of the importance of listening, “You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.” The expression “God gave you two ears and one mouth, so you should do twice as much listening as speaking?” was likely taken from this verse in James. The goal of communication should be to create better understanding. However, a single misstep along the way can bring devastating results.

By Faith Blog written by Pastor Eldon Peterson

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