"... be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for ALL of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless - that's your job, to bless. You'll be a blessing, and also get a blessing." 1 Peter 3:8-9 The Message
"Kind words produce their own image in men's souls, and a beautiful image it is. They soothe, and quiet, and comfort the hearer. They shame him out of his sour, morose, unkind feelings. We have not yet begun to use kind words in such abundance as they might be used." ~ Blaise Pascal
Relationships are not perfect. Harsh words are sometimes spoken. Tempers flare and painful, even hurtful things are said. Proverbs 18:21 says, "Death and life are in the power of the tongue..." The words that we say matter more than we realize. Maybe our communication would change if we truly understood that the words we speak either have life breathed into them... or death.
Lord, I pray that You will guard my tongue to speak kind words, words that will uplift and sustain the good found in others. Help me to be mindful of the feelings of my fellowman so that an atmosphere of love and celebration be ever present in maintaining praise and gratitude for your blessings. In Jesus' name I thank You. Amen.
By Bishop Bernard Williams