STOP AND THINK – Before speaking, you should think about what you’re going to say for at least ten seconds. Then, hopefully, you’ll say nothing. (A dad to his son)

That kind of advice would go a long way in avoiding misunderstandings and hurt feelings, no doubt. Many of us are quick to respond to a comment with a hasty reply that we think is witty and humorous, only to realize just a nanosecond later that we’ve hurt someone. As unintentional as such things are, they are potentially damaging to a healthy relationship.

Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect . . . No man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison (James 3:2, 8).