I've noticed lately that I'm averaging about one apology a week. Minimum.
You see, I tend to be a little blunt.
I also tend to think that I'm right - a lot.
Turns out, I'm not as right as I think I am on a regular basis.
Proverbs 12:18 says "There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing."
You see, when I just pop off with whatever runs through my head, I'm jabbing my friends and family with a sword. I'm hurting them with my thoughtless words. I'm being inconsiderate. And I'm definitely not showing God's love to them.
When I overhear my boys fighting, I always ask them to check their words.
Is what you're saying nice? Is it necessary? Does it glorify God?
You see, not everything that we have to say is going to be nice. Sometimes, there are hard situations to face and those words will be necessary.
Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, I do feel that what I have to say is necessary. I need to tell someone exactly what I think of them and the situation or I will explode! Which means there's probably nothing nice in what I'm about to say.
But the standard that I have to measure my speech comes from number three. Does it glorify God in my saying it? You see, this is where I really need a pause button. To stop and think before I speak. I need to ask myself if by what I'm saying, am I bringing others closer to Christ or driving them away? When they see me do they say "I wish I had what she has (Jesus)" or do they say "If that's what Jesus does in her life, she can keep Him, I don't need that".
Psalm 19:14 is my prayer for my words:
Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.