If our zeal is embittered by expressions of anger, invective, or scorn, we may think we are doing service to the cause of truth, when in reality we shall only bring it into discredit. (John Newton, author of “Amazing Grace”)
Although Newton wrote in the 18th century, his words could not be any more appropriate for today. Far too often we read or hear commentary that may be spot-on when it comes to truth, but it is couched in such anger and invective that it is difficult to read and hear, much less to apply. So, let’s learn to be gracious in expressing our thoughts and opinions.
Instead, we will speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15).