Eureka! Yet, I learned them the hard way.
“Post this at all the intersections, dear friends: Lead with your ears, follow up with your tongue, and let anger straggle along in the rear. God’s righteousness doesn’t grow from human anger. So throw all spoiled virtue and cancerous evil in the garbage. In simple humility, let our gardener, God, landscape you with the Word, making a salvation-garden of your life.” –James 1:19-21 (MSG)
“Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding. Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.” –Proverbs 17:27-28 (ESV)
“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.” –Exodus 20:16 (NKJV)
“Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” –1 Timothy 4:16 (NIV)
…still, I have learned them!
Cure me, oh LORD, from the sting of human frailty and the agony of being a stumbling block to the people surrounding me. May I utter only words that BLESS not words that BREAK; words that HEAL not words that KILL. And may my life be a mirror that reflects YOU to THEM…
More of You and less of me…All for You and none for me, “for You must increase, and I must decrease.” –John 3:30
“To the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore!” –Jude 25