Are you the sort of person others could look to and say, “I want to be like this guy/girl?” Are you using your words wisely to build others up? Or are you tempted to bring people down and seek attention for yourself? Before we open our mouths to speak about anyone else, we must always ask ourselves two questions: Is what we are going to say true? And is what we are going to say strengthen others?
For some reason, good news doesn’t spread as quickly as bad news. But one thing is certain: Gossip and talking about others behind their backs angers God. What you watch read and listen to can affect how you speak. If you want to use your words to build others up, it would help to look at the books, shows, movies and music you love and see if they are going to promote good language and positive communication. You don’t have to only read spiritual books. But try to read, listen to and watch things that are likely to get you using loving words.
Even though the tongue is small, it can make a lot of difference. If you realize your words have hurt another person, instead of feeling guilty, ask for forgiveness from those you may have insulted. We will never win a heart over by insulting someone. Winning a heart is done in, and through, love. Our words matter and we need to speak the truth in love.