Words are powerful, they build up or they tear down.
We can, with the opening of our lips or the tips of our fingers, loose pain or slander or confusion…or we can offer hope and truth and peace and kindness.
If we follow Love, Jesus Christ, we should take great care with how we communicate, even (especially) in disagreement. Our God who breathes out the Word appeals that we seek unity and peace with the body; He exhorts us to love one another – it is the second part of the summation of the Law.
And no, you cannot love well if you tweak the truth or speak without the law of kindness on your tongue.
I confess, I fail at the wisdom of holding back “tear down” words. But I pray grace for me and grace for you that we would not stay in the same, but be always sensitive to the Spirit.
I also urge you as I remind myself that context is so very, very important.
Words taken out of context can malign and confuse.
We all know there will always be dissent; we are still wrapped in flesh.
But let’s try, try to love as if our life depended on it. Let’s take our words before the throne of grace, and then carefully think through them before we ship.
Related: What Grateful Love May Look Like (a post by Ann Voskamp)