Reflections by the Sea: Words
Published 5:51 pm Thursday, May 20, 2021
By Betsy Ore Glass
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. Ephesians 4:29
Words are so powerful. Once spoken they can never be taken back. Sadly, we don’t put enough thought into what we say at times. We might lash out in anger or frustration. It’s a temporary emotional lapse of bad judgement but the words last a lifetime.
How many times have you been the recipient of words hurled at you whether it was in person, a text or a letter? What about road rage and realizing your impressionable child is sitting in the back seat taking it all in? “Oh, but that’s just the way I am. I speak my mind. Don’t be so sensitive. Get over it.” Yes, I have heard this excuse for an apology and maybe you have too. Our world today is suggesting that we give our opinion, say what we feel at the expense of anyone in our way. “Toughen up, this is life.” I’ve heard that too. But no, this is not how life should be according the scripture. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Colossians 4:6.
Recently, I was called a slew of names. I chose not to respond, but am praying for the heart of that person instead. Proverbs 21:23 says whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble. In Matthew, we are told we will have to give account for every word we speak on Judgement day. Let our words be gentle so that we encourage life and joy. Our words can lift up a heart so much that it promotes health. When I was suffering with health a few years ago, a kind encouraging word could breathe life into me. I’d have energy. My attitude would improve and I could meet the challenges of the day. My Daddy always said, “If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.” It is an age-old saying. He also would say, “Let it be.” When you are faced with piercing words that feel like a sword, pray for the offender and let it be. God will do the rest.
Betsy Ore Glass has long-standing ties to the Outer Banks. From Virginia Beach, her family bought a vacation cottage in the 60s and her love of the area began. Later in the 90s, Betsy and her husband bought a weekend cottage and introduced the area to their children. Then Betsy’s parents retired to KDH where the family gathered often. Reach her at email@example.com or read additional Reflections at www.betsyoreglass.com.
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