The Bible says the tongue is a restless evil and full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God; 10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way. 11 Does a fountain send out from the same opening both fresh and bitter water? (Jas 3:9-11 NASB).
Horatio Richmond Palmer wrote the words to the Christian hymn Angry Words in 1867; that is 150 years ago, now, but its message still resonates well the message of scripture.
Angry words! O let them never, From the tongue unbridled slip, May the heart’s best impulse ever, Check them ere they soil the lip.
Love is much too pure and holy, Friendship is too sacred far, For a moment’s reckless folly, Thus to desolate and mar.
Angry words are lightly spoken, Bitterest thoughts are rashly stirred, Brightest links of life are broken, By a single angry word.
Love one another thus saith the Savior, Children obey the Father’s blest command, Love each other, love each other, ‘Tis the Father’s blest command.
We may make light of our words as unintentional, but in reality they ought to sober our thinking rather quickly, as we remember the words of Jesus, Himself:
. . . For out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. 36 But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. 37 For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matt 12:34b-37 NIV).