Both the Old and New Testaments address the issue of words / communication / talking. Words have power in that they can cause great harm or bring healing. Lack of coherent, clear communication can lead to a multitude of troubles.

Proverbs 13:3 offers this tidbit of common sense and truth:

“Those who control their tongue will have a long life; opening your mouth can ruin everything.”

How many examples in our own lives, as well as in this current culture, can we point to where someone should have thought before speaking? Newscasts, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and you Tube are bursting at the seams with verbal nightmares spoken without purposeful thought by misinformed people waiting to vomit out their opinions.

When confronted by their own words, politicians, celebrities, and others either double down or attempt damage control. Sadly, once the words are out of the mouth and recorded for posterity, there is no escaping the fact that they were indeed let loose.

A better option in our world of social media and kneejerk opining might be to stop, think about the possible ramifications, and choose wisely and in an informed manner. Launching meaningless, idiotic diatribe, hate, accusations, or other damaging speech does not make the speaker more revered. Quite the contrary is true.

A fool, an angry person, and a divisive person are known by the harmful, ugly words they speak. Whereas, those who speak hope, life, truth and encouragement are also known by those who hear their message. Let us put our minds in motion before we put our mouths into gear. Perhaps healing could replace harm in this world in which we find ourselves

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