Talking mean to people has always been something that a few people did to others, but now it is very common, it seems most do it. Telling people off, especially on social media, is becoming part of life. Saying rude, and insulting, things about a person to pay them back, put them in their place, or to let them know that we don’t like them is becoming part of the culture.
Ephesians 4:29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.
James 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, the very world of iniquity; the tongue is set among our members as that which defiles the entire body, and sets on fire the course of our life, and is set on fire by hell.
Matthew 15:11 It is not what enters into the mouth that defiles the man, but what proceeds out of the mouth, this defiles the man.”
Matthew 12:36-37 But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.”
Proverbs 16:24 Pleasant words are a honeycomb,Sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it will eat its fruit.
Every morning in my prayer of commitment I say to God, “today I will only speak words that give grace to those lislisteng, I will not speak words that tear down, hurt or offend,”
God is listening to what we speak out of our mouth, and (1) He gives us greater authority and power to influence people with our words when we are disciplined on how we talk, (2) He blesses or curses our entire life based on how we talk, and (3) our self-worth goes up as we build up others with our words., we always reap what we sow.
I regularly say things that I ought not to say. I always feel bad when I do, and confess it to God as sin, and recommit to talking nice and asking God for the power to succeed.