Oh, be careful, little mouth, what you say…

“All of us are accountable for our words…” ~ Dr. Peter Bouteneff, “Words and Accountability” episode of his “Sweeter Than Honey” podcast on Ancient Faith Radio.

How quickly we forget that we will be held accountable for all that we say. Everything. We are responsible for each word: spoken, written, typed; whatever has come out of our mouths. Those words spoken in tender compassion; those thoughts flung in frustration; those ideas expressed carelessly in moments of passion; those sarcastic comments: we are liable for all of them.

As parents, we need to be especially cautious of our words. We are being watched at every moment by our children: and whether we are speaking or writing, they’re listening, absorbing, learning, and ready to apply what they’ve learned. Perhaps we speak and then think, “Wow, I sound just like my mother/father!” Let us begin to pause before we speak to our children, and think: “Do I want to hear this coming out of my child?”

As Orthodox Christian parents, we need to especially make an effort to “…be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12) The young believers in our home, under our care, are ever watchful and willing to absorb what they see. By God’s grace, may we indeed “let no corrupt word proceed out of (our) mouth(s), but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Ephesians 4:29)

For more on this topic, listen to Dr. Bouteneff’s podcast in its entirety at http://www.ancientfaith.com/podcasts/sweeter/words_and_accountability.

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