Seek to follow His ways

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Have you ever said something hateful or hurtful in the heat of the moment, and afterward got a bitter taste on your tongue? That’s the flavor of regret. So very unpleasant—as sour as the raw rhubarb my brother and I used to chew on when we were kids. Perhaps that’s why God advises us in Ephesians 4:29 to only speak words that will benefit the listeners. Sometimes God’s Word is so effective. Through His words He offers love, peace, strength, assurance, discernment, and even admonishment. The wise individual understands that when you love someone, you want to keep them from harmful pathways, and sometimes that means letting them know they’ve chosen the wrong direction. When we seek to follow His ways, we will avoid the bitter taste of regret. Honey or raw rhubarb? (I can tell you from personal experience, the honey leaves a much better lingering effect!)