In Ephesians 4:29 we read;
“Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear.”
Now think about what that verse is telling us. Before you speak, you need to consider what you will say. Don’t just let it flow. Think. Is it appropriate? Is it worthwhile? Will it build up the person hearing it? Is it timely? Will what’s said be helpful?
That’s a lot to think about before you talk. It might mean he have to slow down before we respond (James 1:19). Now while this verse is referring to what we say from our mouths, I don’t think it is a stretch to also apply it to what we what we post online. In times past, it took longer to write down and send a message, enough time that our brains could catch up and remind us of the power of words. But in today’s word of instant messages, we can type out mistakes just as fast as we can say them. Those words can be even more dangerous since they can travel so far.
So think before you speak or post. Don’t use your words to destroy or tear down. Speak things that help and don’t hurt. Don’t waste words. Use them at the right time for the right reason.
Before you speak, before you post THINK - is it...
Even a fool, when he keeps silent, is considered wise; When he closes his lips, he is considered prudent.