What We Say
I have to be careful with this one. As a web blogger, an English and Political Science graduate and a former newspaper editorial columnist, I've been more verbose than I should have been and I've thrown words around that should have never been uttered, let alone thought. This is not Scriptural, and it is not wise.
"If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God." (1 Pet. 4:11).
"But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by yourwords you will be condemned." (Matt. 12:36-37).
"The tongue is a fire, a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell. " (James 3:6)
"My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry." (James 1:19)
When I see issues, I tend to see them in black and white, and oftentimes I win arguments because I have backing for what I believe. As an early student of the Bible, I still have Scripture references for many of my beliefs and can be somewhat brazen when defending those beliefs. But when am I going to far? It seems the secret is to correct someone with love, not pride. I hope I can be more careful to show love when I'm trying to convince someone what I know is right.