“You must be quick to listen, slow to speak…” (James 1: 19)

I once read that God gave us two ears and one mouth because in His Wisdom, God wants us the use the ears twice more than we use the mouth; that the ears are intend to do more work than the mouth. This is exactly what St. James tells us in the quotation above – “be quick to listen, slow to speak.” For many people, the opposite is the case: the mouth does more! Sometimes we speak without even listening to ourselves. The words we speak have power – they can bless, motivate, inspire, challenge, teach or instruct, encourage, change lives, bring peace and create love. But on the other hand, our spoken words can also curse, discourage, indoctrinate, impact negatively, cause war and generate hatred. St. James describes the tongue as “a flame of fire.” How do we use our tongue? What impact do our words make in the lives of others? Always remember: “The spoken words can only be forgiven and not forgotten. Therefore before you speak, THINK!

Is it TRUE?

Is it HELPFUL?

Is it INSPIRING?

Is it NECESSARY?

Is it KIND?

“Do not use harmful words in talking. Use only helpful words, the kind that build up and provide what is needed so that what you say will do good to those who hear you” (Ephesians 4: 29).