Scripture: verse 29
Let no harmful language come from your mouth, only good words that are helpful in meeting the need, words that will benefit those who hear them.
Observation: I’ve mentioned before that one of my common failings is cynicism and speaking harshly of ideas (and people) I disagree with. (Part of the problem, of course, is that I tend to speak of the idea in the abstract, forgetting that people are involved and might be hurt or offended or feel excluded by my words.) Here we have the criterion I should be using: that which blesses others.
Which helps me reconcile the tension I feel in many cases, actually. I have strong opinions because I think about things and am fairly intelligent, and that’s not actually a bad thing. My cynicism has even been known to help certain people (usually Hero or my sister), in certain situations. But I’m just as likely to spout off to someone who isn’t interested or doesn’t need to know, because I’m more focused on the idea than on the person.
Application: My goal needs to be to bless the person I am speaking with. I’m not always very good at figuring out how to do that, but I expect that as I bring my heart into line with God’s heart, He’ll take care of the rest.
Prayer: Yeshua, help me see the people around me as you see them. Help me to bless them. Amen.