If I seek forgiveness, may I first forgive.

If I wish to complain, may my words be silenced.

If I speak words of criticism, may they be of me.

If I speak words of praise, may they be of others.

If I speak a compliment, may it be sincere.

If I am praised in public, may I not repeat it in public.

If I speak of influence, may it be of others’ on me and not mine on them.

If I wish to teach, may I first seek to learn.

If I speak of my sin, may it be to reveal the Savior.

If I am guilty, may I humbly repent.

If I speak, may they be words of grace.

If I boast, may it be in the Lord.

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. – Ephesians 4:29

Is there anything I missed?

In hope,

P.S. These words were inspired by several wise women. Thank you for your wisdom. It did not go unheeded.

About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.