…Slander no one, be peaceable and considerate, and always be gentle toward everyone. – (Titus 3:2, NIV)
Tell them not to speak evil of anyone but to live in peace with others. They should be gentle and polite to everyone. – (Titus 3:2, ERV)
Don’t tear down another person with your words. Instead, keep the peace, and be considerate. Be truly humble toward everyone. – (Titus 3:2, VOICE)
Our words ought to be to build others up, not tear down. When we watch our words, we are better equipped to live in peace with those around us. Gentleness toward and consideration of others are ways to walk out our days as God intended. May we ever seek the Lord to lead us in how we use our words, for what exits our mouth is a direct representation of our heart.
Speak out no evil,
Don’t tear others down;
Instead, choose speak life,
Let kindness be found.
Be gentle, humble,
Let peace breathe purpose,
So love’s what we find.
The Lord is faithful,
To lead us with care;
So seek Him always,
As love’s what we share.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You are loving and kind, and that You are faithful to lead us with words that give life as we depend on You. Forgive us for the times that we have spoken out with the intent to harm rather than to encourage and build up and extend love. Teach us to speak life to those around us so that they may come to know the magnitude of Your incredible and unending love. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we choose to be peaceable, considerate and gentle towards everyone. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18