Excerpt from If by Amy Carmichael:
If I can easily discuss the shortcomings and the sins of any; if I can speak in a casual way even of a child’s misdoings, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
If I can enjoy a joke at the expense of another; if I can in any way slight another in conversation, or even in thought, then I know nothing of Calvary love.
How convicting! I shudder to think how many times over the years that I have spoken ill of someone, or laughed at the weaknesses of others, especially when I was a young person. Now, as an adult, I find myself not saying things as much as thinking them, which is still wrong.
Lord, please convict me when I think critical thoughts. Please catch me before I speak critical words. Help me to speak words of love. Help me to love as You love.