You can open your mouth too fast, and engage your brain too slow, think first, speak last! James 3:5
We have to think before we speak, we really do. When we do, not things go south very quickly. The hardest thing to do is to take back words already spoken. You ever notice when we do that, how much thinking goes into wanting now, to say what's right?
If we think first and speak last, it takes so much less work. It saves us from creating fires we cannot put out after the fire is roaring. James 3:5 says-"Even so the tongue is a little member and boasts great things, see how great a forest a little fire kindles!" We have to be so careful when we speak, and how we speak. Words are like knives, they cut deep!
So, the next time try a little better to, stop, look and listen, before you are about to comment, or joke, or even respond back to someone! Is it something you would like said to you? Are the words you are going to use uplifting or heartbreaking? It takes some thinking, though a fire starts out small, before long it engulfs entire forests. The same with the tongue, though small can cause great hurt and damage that sometimes cannot be repaired!
There is one who speaks like the piercings of a sword, but the tongue of the wise promotes health. Proverbs 12:18