Bridling the Tongue

Have we not all let slip words that we would give anything to recall, words that did not add in any way to the listener's peace of mind or to our own? Our words are but the outward expression of our thoughts. If we want our words to be more gracious and loving, we must improve our thoughts.

If our motives are good and right, our voiced thoughts will encourage and strengthen those to whom they are expressed. Isn't that better than voicing a thought with a barb or a sting in it? If we follow the latter course, we are not only troubling the thought of the person addressed but interrupting our own flow of Christlike thoughts and inviting the possibility of discord.

Identity Crisis?
July 27, 1974

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