Words are small but mighty. Your words can be a gift or a grenade. They can encourage or they can explode. With your words you can inspire your neighbor or you can crush your friend. With your words, you can bring calm to a storm or you can escalate a conflict.
If you are working on "holding your tongue" more often, create a hard copy of these verses and keep them with you. Read through this list 3-5 times every day and remind yourself that you want to taste your words before you spit them out!
Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger;
If a wise man has an argument with a fool, the fool only rages and laughs, and there is no quiet.
Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.
A fool gives full vent to his spirit, but a wise man quietly holds it back.
Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.
Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.
Do you see a man who is hasty in his words? There is more hope for a fool than for him.
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