Minute Meditations

Wield Your Words Well

woman speaking gently to her child.

When it comes to how we communicate with others—especially in this an election year—let’s turn to the Gospel of Matthew who gives us a strong warning: “On the day of judgment people will render an account for every careless word they speak. By your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (12:36-37). Especially in today’s fractious times, using the Bible’s rich advice can improve our interactions and soothe our wearied souls. God’s words should heal us.

When our words are kind and gentle, our spirits will be too. We will have fewer regrets and be more charitable and peaceful. Today, let’s wield our words well, confident in the guidance of God’s word.

—from St. Anthony Messenger‘s “Five Steps toward Better Communication
by Colleen Arnold, MD

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1 thought on “Wield Your Words Well”

  1. Billie Phillips

    I ‘m going to write this down and put it on my frig. My husband and I have different views on today’s politics and have had some very harsh words with each other over it. This will help me keep the right perspective (I hope).

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