Speak Wisely

Be mindful of your speech

Words may lead people to peaceful destinations

And they have power to destroy decades of work

Remember what the wisest speakers do

They hold their tongue and think carefully

They show prudence and speak less

Heed the guidance of Jesus Christ

Listen to the Gospel’s sayings on words of light

As for the petty sins

Do not condemn them

For you are more alike

With a humble heart and foresight

As for the deeds of others

Do not criticize them

Aim for higher ways, lighter ways

Ask questions, make suggestions

Deception is perverse speech

Lies mislead the decision makers

They trample on love and relations

They create distrust between people

Making excuses for offenses

Leads one blindly into hateful speech

Wise people take them lightly

They are also mindful of people's feelings

Give in to no pressuring speech

It is a friend of force, it is a foe to respect

Supporting Verses

  • "A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of." - Luke 6:45
  • “Jesus called the crowd to Him and said, “Listen and understand. A man is not defiled by what enters his mouth, but by what comes out of it.” - Matthew 15:10
  • “But I tell you that everyone will have to give account on the day of judgment for every empty word they have spoken. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.” - Matthew 12:36-37
  • Communicating your pain to the perpetrator against you is not condemnation, but do not accuse people who have no relation to you, unless they are committing a heinous sin
  • Criticisms are tools of the narrow-minded, but thoughtful questions allow for expansion
  • Sarcasm sows confusion, but a straight word earns respect
  • It is good to respond well to correction (and insults) from others

Gossip, Vulgarity, sarcasms, shameful talk, shaming others, insulting others, putting others down, accusing others, coercive speech, do not fight with words (not seeing eye-to-eye, but okay to clarify or get to the bottom), be not harsh

speak gently but directly, teach at inoffensive times if possible, good long-term teaching and God's word is worth a short-term offense, do state positions and opinions but silence (or steer away from) arguments

Have reverence for the Lord, respect His name

Good (safe) words of honor, affection, teaching (formal, or informal as simply letting them know), questions, suggestions

Pray for goodness in all words

If a person asks for your critique, provide it.

If an authority or a brother uses bad words, accept it.

By our words we may have love for one another just as Jesus disciples did