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Today’s post is from a good friend of mine. Gary Pollard (18) writes to demonstrate the benefits associated with speech that is encouraging, rather than degrading. Consider his thoughts:

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“For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect [complete] man, able also to bridle his whole body” (James 3:2, ESV).

One of the hardest things to control in the whole world is a tongue. The way we use this simple muscle gives others an insight into our hearts and minds. I have not, as many others have not, always been perfect in my speech. There is so much more to speech than language. If what I have to say isn’t positive and uplifting, I have no business saying it. That’s extremely hard!

What is in our hearts comes out of our mouths. If my heart is filled with bitterness and anger, it will be apparent in the way I talk. If I fill my heart with love, love comes out in my speech. If I am humble, I am less likely to demean others in what I say. A thoughtless or critical word could turn someone away from Christ. That error will be on our hands. Let’s pray that our speech will lift others up, not tear them down.

“Be careful of your thoughts; they may become words at any moment.” –Ira Gassen

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It seems that the simple switch in speech is one that brightens up everyone’s day. Will you consider it today?

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