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Be Careful What You Say

By Don Loftis | 04.13.11

Someone commented, “Light travels faster than sound. That is why some people seem bright until you hear them talk.” Our conversations reveal our prejudices, inconsistencies, and hatreds. Jesus said, “The good man brings out of his good treasure what is good; and the evil man brings out of his evil treasure what is evil. But I tell you that every careless word that people speak, they shall give an accounting for it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Mt. 12:35-37.

James 3 reminds us that the tongue cannot be tamed — only controlled. It has incredible power to hurt or bless depending on our choices. Let me offer five suggestions for constructive use of our speech.

1) Think twice before saying anything — especially if it is about someone else.

2) Clean up our vocabulary — get rid of all vulgarity and avoid taking God’s name in vain.

3) Be positive — try to express four positive thoughts for every one negative thought.

4) Talk more about God than you do yourself or your favorite sports’ team.

5) Be honest in all communication — this includes both our words and intent.

The little children’s song has it right, “Oh be careful little tongue what you say. There’s a Father up above, looking down in tender love. Oh be careful little tongue what you say.”


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