Ahhh…people. They can bring out the best in you…or the worst. If we’re honest, other people provide us with plenty of opportunities to say something mean or hurtful. Thankfully, some of us bite our tongue in those instances.
But here’s what it sounds like when people don’t.
- I can see your point, but I still think you’re full of it!
- I don’t know what your problem is, but I bet it’s hard to pronounce.
- I see you’ve chosen to thoroughly embarrass yourself in public again.
- I’ll try being nicer if you try being smarter.
- Ahhh…I see the screw-up fairy has visited us again.
- I like you. You remind me of me…when I was young and stupid.
- You are validating my inherent mistrust of strangers.
- I will always cherish the initial misconceptions I had of your competence.
- The fact that no one understands you doesn’t mean you’re an artist.
While that list of criticisms is somewhat comical in this setting, when we use them in the real world, they deeply hurt others. The Bible is clear when it comes to how we speak to others. James’ teachings are as simple as they are eternal.
With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. (James 3:9-10)
Let’s closely guard what we say to others.
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