[image: image.png] How many times have we said things we wish we could take back? It would be great if our words came with an eraser so we could remove the ones we wish we hadn’t spoken. Many of the offenses we face or cause in this life is because we speak before we think. We often judge before we know the facts. We show no grace to others, yet expect nothing but grace from others. We need to slow down, think, and then speak. God has words for every conversation if we just allow Him to speak through us. (Proverbs 8:6 Listen, for I have trustworthy things to say; I open my lips to speak what is right.) One of my favorite phrases concerning our conversation is “taste your words before you spit them out.” Taking time to think about what we say can avoid a lot of hurt, hard feelings, and divisions among friends and family. Even if what you say is true, if the only reason you say it is to hurt someone you are still in the wrong. God provides trustworthy words for us to speak in all situations. Words that are right for the issue we are facing. So, today, before you respond in haste with your harsh words, take time to allow the Holy Spirit to give the response that is needed. (Proverbs 12:18 The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.) You can bring healing or hurt. Which one is on your tongue? Pastor Don