Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.
The Bible says, “People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). To be compassionate toward others, we need to allow time for the Holy Spirit to override our tendency to judge or say something that will not help the situation.
A simple prayer, “Holy Spirit, guide my heart,” often provides enough space and guidance, to help us see why people are behaving the way they are. It gives us time to try to understand what they need. It reminds us that we are all God’s creation and we all need His help.
Sometimes it’s good to stop, think, organize, and plan what we’re going to say before it comes out of our mouths. Our words need to be an encouragement for growth.
Think of someone who needs your encouragement today.