Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense,
but the one who has understanding holds their tongue.
How many times does the word of God tell us that we must control our tongue and be discreet and restrained? How many times have we discussed in these pages that words expressed with recklessness and indiscretion bring much grief and pain? Our words and how we express them say a lot about our arrogance and a person who is carried away by haughtiness cannot be labeled but as a fool. How many conflicts have been initiated by a word that is inappropriate and unwelcome? Long wars have been the outcome of misunderstandings or insults and disdains. Still others feel that they must reply to every word addressed to them. that is, they always want to have the final say on the matter. This is nothing but pride and foolishness.
Let us therefore, be very careful in how we express ourselves and also in the way we treat the people around us, whether they are known to us or not. The enemy is always lurking and waiting for the opportunity to make an allegedly innocent word be understood as a great insult that causes wounds that are very difficult to heal. It is preferable to shut up and take all the time necessary to carefully choose the words we are to use to respond to others, especially when we feel that the other person has insulted us. In the book of Proverbs we find: “Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent, and discerning if they hold their tongues.” Said the wise King Solomon: “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Today we would say that to give a rough answer is like trying to extinguish a fire with gas (petrol, benzine, etc.) James, the brother of the Lord Jesus Christ said:” We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect, able to keep their whole body in check.” Let’s rein our tongue, improve our language and use our words to bless always. Only to God be the glory!