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May 30, 2024



Don’t use foul or abusive language. Let everything you say be good and helpful, so that your words will be an encouragement to those who hear them.

Ephesians 4:29 NLT



One of the keys to building authentic, meaningful relationships is learning to control our words. Our words have incredible power. Our words are like tools. Sometimes our words can be like a sledgehammer that leaves a pile of relational rubble. Other times our words can be like a saw that cuts and maims people all around us. 


I recently had a moment when in anger I spoke words that should not have been said. Once those words were said I immediately wanted to take them back, but it was impossible. I did apologize almost immediately but the damage was done. My words spoken in haste and anger caused hurt and loss of trust.


Words spoken in haste or anger can be very destructive. We can become abusive and toxic. No one wants to be a friend to someone who can’t control their words. 


Instead, we need to choose to be an encouragement and helper with our words. Sometimes people need a word of encouragement. Other times people need a word of challenge to spark them forward. We need to lean into the Holy Spirit to help us know the right words for the right moment. 


In the New Testament book of James, we are told that our tongue is the unruliest member of our body. That is a great truth. When we allow the Holy Spirit to have control over our tongue, we are a long way down the road of building authentic, meaningful relationships. 



Holy Spirit help me today to guard my tongue. Help me to refuse to allow my emotions to control my tongue. Help me to know when to speak and when to be quiet. Help me know what to say and how to say it.

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I have actually been struggling with gossiping so I know God is speaking to me directly through this word today


I need the Holy Spirit to keep my tongue under control.

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