Word Wise (Lauretta Holt www.plumbheart.com used by permission)

Okay, so a little honesty here today, my friends. I don’t always speak the most helpful or edifying words. Shocker, huh? Sometimes I just plainly put stuff out there without thinking too much about how it will make another feel, or how it will present the image of another to someone who overhears me. Not every word I speak would be considered a gift – sometimes those words are just plain garbage. I don’t think I am alone in this admission of guilt – some of your words are plain garbage, too. 

“Watching” the way we talk is the key to getting to the point where our words begin to be less worthy of the garbage heap and more consistent with the love of God. 

Do you realize that words are the basis of many a break in relationships – betrayal and offenses being conveyed through the words someone speaks? If we want the ‘breaks’ to be mended in our world today, it begins with the words we say, but those words begin in our hearts. Therefore, to ‘watch’ the words we speak, we ‘watch’ what gets into our hearts.

Watch the way you talk. Let nothing foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps, each word a gift.

(Ephesians 4:29, MSG)

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