There are few things that are as potentially destructive as harsh words. Whether they are simply negative observations or, even worse, statements meant to offend or malign others, they have the ability to inflict a great deal of harm. In fact, saying hurtful things can be so damaging that they can actually drive people away from God.

We often use harsh words when we’re angry or frustrated with someone. We might even curse them or call them names. Derogatory words don’t please the Lord and only speak of our attitude more than that of the person who has caused our wrath.

When we’re mad at someone, it’s tempting to lash out with insults, but maybe we should take a step back and ask ourselves if that’s really what we want to do. These bible verses would make you think twice so you’d bite your tongue before an exclamation of anger slips out: