Author: Randy Wiseman
I still remember Mrs. Nichols, my second grade teacher and sometime Sunday school teacher, say many times, “A soft answer turneth away wrath; but grievous words stir up anger”, which also happens to be Proverbs 15:1 (in the King James, of course). I also remember singing, “Angry words, o let them never, from the tongue unbridled slip”.
Not that I have followed both of these perfectly over the years, but when we hear such wisdom time and time again, it can’t help but sink into your heart. These words held true back in second grade, and still hold true today: what we say and how we say it does matter. We can choose to use our words to encourage and uplift, or we can choose to tear down and hurt those around us. That is the power of the tongue.
The Proverbs writer goes on to say if you want to be foolish, ignore the advice of your father. I like that one. I wish I had listened to my own father more than I did, and I hope and pray that my children will listen to me when I have something wise to say. Think before you speak; what a novel concept!