When was the last time you said something you wished you could take back?
Maybe your parents made you mad? Maybe you got caught in some drama between friends? Or maybe someone just looked at you the wrong way? (Ummm...I know I'm not the only one right?)
James 1:19-20 says "My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires."
Notice it says we're supposed to listen first, then speak. That's probably the reason we have two ears and just one mouth. But how many of us have been guilty of getting it out of order (::raises hand::). It's usually because we get angry, our feelings get the best of us and that's when we end up saying something we regret.
We're emotional and there's nothing wrong with that. Having feelings are a good thing. But in that moment when we really want to tell somebody off, curse somebody out or even yell and scream, we need to stop and ask ourselves, "Is what I'm about to say gonna make this situation any better?"
Every time we say things from a place of anger, hate, jealousy and negativity, it always makes things worse. Instead we gotta take the time, even in the heat of the moment, to choose our words carefully.
No, it's not easy, but yes it's worth it. Pray and ask God for guidance so that your words will help and not hurt.