This lesson reminded me that I need to watch my words because even a small comment made in haste can bring discouragement or anger. I need to be slow to speak, James 1:19. Maybe take a step back and ask myself are my words beneficial? Do my words encourage, build up, make someone cheerful or am I tearing down?
Jesus spoke to everyone with love, encouragement, forgiveness. I think of the women at the well, Zacchaeus, and Nicodemus. Two were not well accepted by society and yet Jesus sought them out. Nicodemus though accepted was part of a group that wanted to kill Him. Yet Jesus talked to them with kindness, encouragement and forgiveness, how could I do any less.