Helpful talk . . .

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths,
but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs,
that it may benefit those who listen.
Ephesians 4:29 (NIV)

Do you spend more time hurling insults and fighting with others than you do complimenting and praising them? What about at home? Your commitment to Me shows through the way you treat others. Calling people names is hurtful and it destroys your Christian witness.

Today, try to say only things that are helpful, honest, and kind. It’s a win-win: you’ll be blessed by blessing others.

Now What? Pray: “Jesus, at times, I can’t seem to stop myself from saying destructive things, but I realize I don’t have to react with spite when I feel threatened. I have a choice. Lord, I do not have the power to control my tongue by myself. I desperately need your Holy Spirit to rule over my thoughts and my speech. Today, let my mouth speak only words of hope and help.”

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What helpful talk can you speak to others?

by Lisa Cheater

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An award-winning professional writer, Lisa is founder and CEO of The Penstock Group, Inc., a communications firm that specializes in film and print. With more than 20 years experience in business to business writing and visual media, Lisa’s published work includes trade reports, industry articles, and short stories.

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