Let you speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Colossians 4:6 (KJV)
I received a text message of a screen shot from someone close to me. The screen shot was of comments being made about an incident that involved the person recently. Though the comments didn't have anything to do with me, it was sent to me because of the relationship I have with this individual. I didn't read the comment in its entirety; I just scanned it enough to know that it wasn't something that represented who this person truly was. Have you ever been there? You said something or responded to a comment or offense that did not represent who you are at all. I have. Depending on what state of mind I was in at the time (hungry, tired, sleepy) it happened. Come on, don't leave me out here by myself (LOL!).
The above scripture reminds us to speak words that are filled with grace and mercy for the edification of those being spoken to. Though this can be challenging when we have been offended, it is necessary. It is important that we not allow the offense to provoke us to respond in ways that are undignified. Our integrity and dignity is important and should be maintained at all cost. Differences of opinions will always occur. But allowing them to make you respond in ways that does not represent who you are is not only regretful, but unnecessary.
We must learn to stand up for what we believe, while respecting other people's opinions. It is only then that we can live in peace and harmony with one another. However, if you find that peace and harmony is not possible with someone, do not continue to converse with them (See Matthew 10:13-14). Move on. It's okay. Doing this is another form of respect-for yourself as well as for them (See Romans 12:18). Be Blessed!