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. And mark that you do this with humility and discipline–not in fits and starts, but steadily, pouring yourselves out for each other in acts of love. Be gracious in your speech. The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out. Stay clear of pious talk that is only talk. Words are not mere words, you know. If they’re not backed by a godly life. James 1:19 ~ Ephesians 4:2 ~ Colossians 4:6 ~ 2 Timothy 2:16
God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel,
cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey.