Just one more thing: Use of language reflects personal character depth
We often hear it said that words are cheap, but they are not always so. The truth of the matter is that some words have exacted a high price - not so much in monetary currency as in the currency of an uneasy conscience, an undying quarrel or a family feud. As long as words remain unspoken, we are masters of them; but once spoken, our words master us. Some feel words are trivial; but again, this is not always so. Words can spawn gigantic troubles and launch far-reaching crusades. The apostle James certainly did not think words were trivial. Take time to reread James 3:5-8. Solomon had a lot to say about words. In Proverbs 15:1 he referred to the healing power of words. "A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger." One whose words are charged with hate and anger may well be overcome by an unexpected calm and modest reply.
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