The Bible instructs us to be careful of not only WHAT we say, but also HOW we say it.
Ephesians 4:29 says: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” (NIV)
The words we choose to say are important. They should be used to edify others, to build them up, give them confidence and a sense of peace and belonging. But, we often don’t choose our words carefully. Sometimes, words escape from our mouths before we really have a chance to think about them, consider how they will impact others around us.
However, the way we say our words is even more important. Words can be easily misheard and misunderstood by others. We need to monitor our tone, our body language and the reaction we receive from other people.
Often, we make excuses to cover up sinful behaviour or thinking. Usually, we make an excuse to avoid feeling guilty, embarrassed or upset. Making an excuse is always easier than admitting the truth and seeking forgiveness for our mistakes. Often, our sense of pride compels us to cover up or justify our wrong behaviour instead of deciding to take ownership of our mistakes and do our best to move past them.
– Victoria and Sarah