"When words are many, transgression is not lacking,
but whoever restrains his lips is prudent" Proverbs 10:19
"Let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak and slow to anger. For the anger of man does not produce the righteousness that God requires. Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word which is able to save your souls." James 1:19-21
"Gracious words are like a honeycomb,
sweetness to the soul and health to the body" Proverbs 16:24
"A fool's mouth is his ruin,
and his lips are a snare to his soul" Proverbs 18:7
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue,
and those who love it will eat its fruits" Proverbs 18:21
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things." Philippians 4:9
All these verses above influence what and how I write. I pray over my posts as I write, and constantly ask God to lead what I am writing about. But I don't try to shy away from controversial topics on this blog, because the Bible does not shy away from controversial topics. God himself is controversial, but only among a sinful people. But even controversial things need to be said in love (Paul was the master of this!)
That being said, I ask you, dear reader, to consider the verses above in your responses to my writing. Whether you agree with me or not, please use love, logic and the Bible to state your case, rather than emotions and personal attacks. Please avoid attributing a motive to my writing, especially if you do not know me in person.
I don't purport to be right about everything, and am certainly open to correction when I am wrong, or a different opinion when there is no right or wrong answer, but again please do so with love.
Ask yourself these questions before commenting:
Will my words build up those who are reading them?
Is what I am saying true?
Am I promoting myself or God?
Does the Bible support what I am saying?
Am I writing out of love?
I rarely delete comments, but will do so when they violate these principles or when they are spam.
Thank you for reading and thank you for commenting! I love to hear back from you, dear reader, and I am encouraged that the majority of comments we get here on the blog are wise, constructive, helpful and positive.