“Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4)
Do you ever kick yourself for some negative remark that leaps from your mouth? I do. On the other hand, I never regret giving the odd constructive comment or compliment. Why is this so? Why is it so easy to speak out negative thoughts, yet so hard to speak out the positive ones?
At times it seems like the devil himself has us literally by the throat, wagging the tongue. “With it we bless our God and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the similitude of God … these things ought not to be so.” (James 3)
But God didn’t give us a tongue not to be used. Holding back something good can be worse than blurting out something bad. So let’s turn this around. Whenever a word comes to your lips, ask yourself: “Is it edifying?”
If the answer’s “No”, knock it on the head. Count to ten if that helps you. Or ten hundred.
But if the answer’s “Yes”, speak it out boldly and quickly. Don’t miss your opportunity!