It happens more than I would like to admit. I say something, and I immediately regret it. I can almost see my words drift toward someone, and I wish I could just reach out and grab them out of the air. Most of the time these moments happen when I’m tired or hungry. I’m not being mindful, and I say something hurtful. It happens too often, and oftentimes the words are directed at someone I love.We’ve talked about some of the ways we can fast during this Lenten season. Abstaining from hurtful words means being more intentional with what we say to people. It’s too easy to get lazy with what we say. We need to be honest, but we can avoid causing harm with our choice of words.
The Bible gives us some strong warnings about keeping a firm reign on our tongues. James 1 offers some of the best guidance. In verse 26 the author warns us that “those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves and their religion is worthless”.
Take some time to intentionally refrain from using hurtful words. It’s a practice we should strive for all of the time, and that starts with some deliberate practice.
Questions of the Day
• Can you think of a time when you said something unintentionally hurtful?
• What’s a good way to work on controlling your tongue this season?