Do not use harmful words

The Lord Jesus Christ offers not only comfort from our burdens in this life but most especially the true rest in the heavenly kingdom.


WHILE IT IS NATURAL for a person to get angry if someone does him wrong, the apostles advise us, thus:

“If you become angry, do not let your anger lead you into sin, and do not stay angry all day.” (Eph. 4:26 Today’s English Version)

If we don’t remove anger from our hearts and instead let it fester there, this will lead to hate. God considers anyone who hates his brother or sister in the faith a murderer (I John 3:15 New King James Version). Therefore, it is evil to hold grudges.

According to the Bible, “A wise man controls his temper” (Prov. 14:29 Living Bible). Nothing good will result from being hot-tempered. Instead, let us prove that we have understanding—especially of God’s commands—by controlling our temper and being careful with our words. This is very important because the Bible says:

“Gentle words cause life and health; griping brings discouragement.” (Prov. 15:4 LB)

Using gentle words or being tactful is truly important to preserve peace and harmony, especially in the family. Let us follow the advice of the apostles: “Do not use harmful words, but 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” (Eph. 4:29 TEV).

In the same way, we will be able to keep among family members, as well as among fellow Christians, love and compassion for one another.