3. Respond with Caution and Humility
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Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep watch over the door of my lips! (Psalms 141:3)
In the age of social media, blogs, and instant news, it may feel like we have permission to comment on anything and everything, whether we know all the facts or not. It may seem like there’s an open door to air our grievances and speak our minds, and there may be—but that doesn’t mean we should. Wisdom responds with caution and humility; it doesn’t react in haste.
“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). This verse doesn’t say, “Let no talk come out of your mouths,” but “let no corrupting talk.” There are indeed times and contexts for us to speak into situations with godly wisdom; we aren’t to sweep destructive beliefs and outcomes under the rug. But we are to exercise caution and humility so our words reflect the truth and do not corrupt.
We should also consider what we know to be true – or don’t know – about any given situation involving another person. Many times, we don’t know every detail, nor do we see the context clearly—yet another reason to use caution and exercise humility before we respond.
When a leader fails us, it’s tempting to react and speak from hurt, disappointment, and anger. But God in Christ calls us to wisdom, to keep watch over our lips, so our response builds up and doesn’t add to the tearing down that’s already in action. Sometimes, this means taking a step back to pray and process the situation before saying anything.
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