Many of you are like me. You speak out of passion without thinking through what you’re saying first. Chances you’ve unintentionally hurt people. And you probably have a least ONE child just like you, right? It pains you to watch your son or daughter deal with the aftermath of their lack of being able to guard their tongue. Friends probably come and go. They’re rude to us just as we were to our parents. As a Dad who’s passionate and outspoken, I’ve had to FORCE myself to bridle my tongue and to help my daughter bridle hers. I KNOW I’ve hurt my wife and my kids with my words — sometimes just to prove a point. Speaking the truth in LOVE – compassionate love – is the only example of wise, loving words that can point people to Jesus.

Suggested Reading: Ephesians 4:15, Galatians 5:22-23