Say What Ya Need to Say

Ever heard that saying, “like a bull in a China shop?’  That’s how reckless we can be with our words.  I’ve had people plow through me with their words with no thought for how it might affect me long-term.  And on the flip side, I know I’ve done the same with my words at times. 

Must we always say what we think?  Even if what we think is true, must we always voice it?  We may think, “Well the truth hurts sometimes.  They needed to hear it from somebody, and I was the only one willing to say it.”  Aren’t there always two ways of saying the same thing …the gentle way and the reckless, hurtful way?  We can speak truth in love and actually bring healing.  “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.”  Proverbs 12:18

And just because we all have opinions doesn’t mean we always have the right to share them.  If only we could learn to think before we say what we think we need to say.  “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.”  Proverbs 18:21

One thought on “Say What Ya Need to Say

  1. rebeccaaarup says:

    “Speak the truth in love” is one of those nebulous principles that is much harder to practice in reality. It takes a lot of reliance on the Holy Spirit and a lot of time spent in His Word devolping other godly characteristics. I know in my case, as He has changed my heart slowly over the past two years my “words” have gotten more gentle, and my discernment has grown. I used to say very much anything I thought was truth without regard for whether it was right to say it or not and I actually lost friendships over it. I still make mistakes with this, but praise God for His mercy and forgiveness and praise God for giving me godly friends who practice forgiveness and mercy as well! For the most part, I pratice discretion and have learned that more often then not it’s better to keep my mouth shut. I am best used as an example by my actions, not my “preaching”.
    Thank you for this great reminder! One of my favorites that has helped me a lot with my “tongue” is Proverbs 15:1, “A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.” And also keeping in mind whether or not I feel I am “right” I do not have to make it a point to convince everyone else that I am “right”. There is a lot to be said for being “gracious” and even being able to disagree with someone in a loving and accepting way.
    And again my response is longer than your devo….
    Love ya!

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