Filter your words.

Learn to filter your words. When I was younger, I had no filter. I spoke whatever came to mind and that wasn’t always a good thing. You see, it’s one thing to be up front and honest about your feelings but it’s another thing to say what’s on your mind… The Bible tells us, Ephesians 4:29 English Standard Version (ESV)

“Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.”

If it’s going to do more damage than good, don’t say it. Keep those thoughts to yourself. If you wouldn’t want someone to say it to you, don’t say it to them, consider other people’s feelings. You can be honest and meek at the same time. Colossians 4:6, “Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” Before we speak, we should first consider our thoughts. Our mood oftentimes set the tone for our speech. We should also think about what point are we trying to get the receiver to understand. I guarantee you that your point won’t be received if the person you’re talking to feels attacked. Let me just also say, you don’t have to speak on everything you know, and your personal truth is not everyone’s reality. Some things are better left unsaid. Proverbs 21:23, “Whoever guards his mouth and tongue Keeps his soul from troubles.” Listen, words can be as bitter as a lemon or as sweet as honey, and if you use them wisely, they can either save your life or become like venom to your soul. This is coming from someone who has learned the hard way, what words can do. My big mouth has gotten me in trouble plenty of times, until God had to literally sit me down and put me in time out for a while. So, watch your mouth folks. I know it can be hard sometimes, especially when you just want to give someone a piece of your mind or show them that you’re on to their little games or whatever. Sometimes it’s best to be quiet and let folks make a fool of themselves, by themselves. Before you allow their actions to bring out the worst in you, remove yourself long enough to gather your thoughts, make sure they’re seasoned with grace 😁and then come back and communicate with the individual after you gotten a little more Jesus in you, because we all need a little more Jesus at times. I know I do. The following scripture has been my personal prayer, especially when I’m feeling some type of way and I need the Lord to order my steps and help me to speak the words HE would have me to say… ➡️“Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.” – Psalm 19:14

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