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