to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarrelling, to be gentle, and to show perfect courtesy toward all people.
Here we have another challenging verse about our everyday behaviour toward each other. Don’t let yourself get dragged into futile discussions and unproductive arguments. In James chapter1 we are reminded, let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. Exercise restraint and a little bit of grace because, according to God’s own mercy, He saved us by His goodness and loving kindness. He shows us grace every day, so it only seems fitting that we should pass it on.
My gran used to say, ‘if you can’t say anything good about someone, don’t say anything bad’. Be courteous in all your interactions and let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person (Col4:6). A gentle answer and a calm tone can achieve so much more than a harsh response.
One of my favourite Proverbs is ‘whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble’, which basically means, if in doubt keep it zipped and you won’t get into bother!
Let us be respectful of one another and may we use our conversation to build each other up.