Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. – Proverbs 16:24 NIV
I recently watched a YouTube video made by a Christian vlogger. He spent the whole video criticizing what he assumed was wrong about a denomination of Christianity. He researched the denomination and quoted from its website, but took much of the evidence for his argument out of context. He made a number of assumptions that were simply incorrect. He had obviously never taken the time to verify his sources and speak with someone who belonged to that denomination to verify whether his conclusions were correct.
We need to be discerning where we get our information from.
Jesus asks us to be gracious with our words, and even be sweet with our tone of voice. When we speak, even if we disagree with someone, we can ask ourselves if what we are about to say is loving and kind. If it isn’t, we can decide not to say anything. If we still choose to voice opposition, we can still choose our words respectively.
My Grandpa Joe used to say, “If you kick a lot of stones, your foot will be sore at the end of the day.”
I recalled my grandpa’s saying after I had literally kicked a rock to remove it from my driveway, and I was almost surprised how much my foot hurt! I had assumed that my shoe would protect my foot.
God can protect us, and He reminds us to speak sweetly whenever possible to reduce harm. Amen.