Guard your lips

Guard your lips from harmful or deceptive speech. RB 4:51

Psalm 39: I said, I will be watchful of my ways for fear I should sin with my tongue. I will put a curb on my lips when the wicked stand before me.

Benedict recommends that when we speak we are to be gentle, humble, serious, few, and reasonable. Some other descriptors that might fit are mild, light, soothing, tender, calm, peaceful, placid, serene, tranquil, compassionate, merciful, down-to-earth, and well-grounded. Bet you can think of more.

The outcome, over time, could be a person living in an ongoing attitude of truth before God, before the neighbor, and before self - like a soft-soul that makes the world a kinder place by word and deed.