Today, I was listening to Nancy Leigh DeMoss and she too was talking about the words we speak; what we say in private, public and especially to friends and family. She reminded us that as we speak words of blessing, we promote blessing. As we speak words of cursing, we promote cursing. Be careful 'mindful' when you say or hear things like, "I was just teasing. Just joking."
Proverbs 26 talks about people who say, "I'm just teasing." Here's
how it describes that kind of teasing, that kind of cursing. It says,
"Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death is a man who
deceives his neighbor and says, 'I was only joking!'" (vs. 18–19)
So, when you speak the words, “I was just teasing,” what you tell others or makes you appear as... is a crazy man/woman who is throwing firebrands,
arrows, and death. Guide your tongue wisely!
Proverbs 10:17 People who accept discipline are on the pathway to life, but those who ignore correction will go astray.