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“The wise in heart are called discerning, and gracious words promote instruction.”-Proverbs 16:21
Look before you leap. Think before you talk.
Chances are, you are more familiar with the first of the above two expressions. Yet, their message is the same. There is prudence in giving thought to your actions before you act. The same idea applies to speech.
Within the last few weeks, two global stars in entertainment and sport have received public backlash for careless statements or actions which, on their face, seem to support or promote racist ideologies. Rapper Kanye West and basketballer Kyrie Irving in separate public spaces have suggested that they are against Jews, a concept referred to as antisemitism. The criticism was quick and the consequences immediate.
There is simply no room for hatred or intentional animosity towards any fellow human being, flawed as we all are. Grace teaches us that we all are alive because of divine beneficence. Life is not an entitlement; it is a gift. That reality should cause us to be humble and to treat others with respect.
Our words tell a story. Proverbs 16 above advocates for gracious speech. The effect of using words with grace is to promote instruction, wisdom and knowledge. These words ought to be sent out and received as a gift to others. Antisemitic or any racially charged language is the antithesis of grace.
What type of reputation do you have when it comes to your speech, whether at home, work, school or in the community? Do you stop and think, contemplating your words before you say them? Let us strive for discernment in our use of words. Also remember that what starts in the heart, moves to the tongue.
Tackle the tongue
Let love and wisdom reign in your heart. That way, you will not have to worry about what comes out of your mouth.
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