It happened again. It always does. My mouth moved faster than my mind.
And in the wreckage, hurt and sorrow and wondering when I’ll ever learn. When will I finally understand?
Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. James 1:19 NLT
Quick to listen, slow to speak.
Words hurt, they cut deep. The wounds they leave may heal … but the scars remain. Friendships that never quite regain the ease they once had. Relationships that carry just a tinge of distance where none had previously existed.
A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver. Proverbs 25:11 ESV
“A word fitly spoken.”
What does that look like? Maybe this?
Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindess, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another, and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you must also forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12 -14 ESV
Relationships need those things … compassion, kindess, humility, patience, forgiveness. And above all, love.
This week, I’m slowing down, taking inventory of my words and remembering that those things come much easier when I’m slow to speak.
What lesson is God teaching you lately about relationships?