"For in many things we offend all. If any man
offend not in word, the same is a perfect man,
and able also to bridle the whole body, ... even
so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth
great things. Behold, how great a matter a
little fire kindleth!" James 3:2-5.
Any communication which tends to injure or embarrass another;
anything that is shaded in meaning, or that which has a tendency
to cut down - these must be put out of our lives.
In other words, what we say is to both glorify our Lord and
edify those to whom we speak.
We should put our words to the test: Do they have merit;
are they true? Are they kind? Will they encourage or edify?
Do they show concern and helpfulness? Or, on the other hand,
will what is said tend to wrongfully hurt?
Sometimes our words are misunderstood or misinterpreted.
We can guard against this be speaking that which is positive,
creative, and edifying, and by avoiding situations where our
words could be used as a false testimony against another.
Hearts that are free of prejudice will lean only to His Word,
His love, and His compassion and understanding. Then our words
will be truly seasoned with grace, and with the anointing
of the Holy Spirit; and the Lord will be able to freely come
and speak through us.