I was reminded recently how important it is to be careful when we speak. In one instance someone stopped by the office, and I found myself getting angry at where the conversation was going. Now, this acquaintance is mad at me and walked away in a sulk. The other instance was in a group, and though I worked hard to keep my mouth shut – mostly – I ended up losing sleep for a few nights. Has that ever happened to you? We have an entire media industry – televised, electronic and social media – who get rewarded for formulating ways to purposefully get you riled up at people and a spiritual enemy who revels in just that. Can I share some Scriptural bases that may help in these situations?

The Apostle Paul closes his letter to the church in Ephesus, writing:

Rev. Todd Render is pastor of the Alliance Church and a retired medical device engineer. He and his wife, Lori, relocated from Fort Wayne in 2016 and have three grown children. Todd has an MS in mechanical engineering from Purdue University and a MA in ministry from Grace Theological Seminary. To start a conversation or make a comment, go to our website at www.wabashalliancechurch.com. We’d love to hear from you.