The other morning while reciting the Morning Prayer from the Breviary, the reading struck me as very timely. There have been some issues at work lately and I’ve probably vented to colleagues more than I should have about the sources of my consternation. So when I started reading Ephesians 4:29-32 it was if the Holy Spirit was giving me a “Gibbs Head Slap” (yes, an NCIS reference) with regard to my complaining. To save you the time of reaching for your Bible, I’ve included the verse below.
“Never let evil talk pass your lips; say only the good things men need to hear, things that will really help them. Do nothing that will sadden the Holy Spirit with whom you are sealed against the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, all passion and anger, harsh words, slander, and malice of every kind. In place of these, be kind to one another, compassionate, and mutually forgiving, just as God has forgiven you in Christ” (The Liturgy of the Hours IV, p 758)
St. Paul’s advice is as sound today as it was for the Ephesians.