Jody Pack, IT Project Manager

READ Ephesians 4:29

Albert Einstein once stated: “If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z. Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.” While Einstein was an agnostic, he correctly acknowledged that we can make a mess of things by simply opening our mouths.

The book of Proverbs is filled with verses pertaining to speech. Proverbs 15:1 reminds us that “…a gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Have you ever responded to someone in anger, only to immediately wish you could take back what you said or say it differently? Whether it’s the words we use or how we say them, there is power in our speech. The tongue can either build someone up or tear someone down.

The apostle Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus when he encouraged followers of Christ to use only such a word “…as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Christian character is defined by many attributes, but wholesome speech is certainly one of them. Our words have the power to either draw someone closer to Christ or push them away. May we all desire to give grace to those who hear us speak, that they might draw near to Him!

PRAY:
Father, please help me to speak in righteousness, with kindness and humility. May the words of my mouth bring forth wisdom to those with ears to hear! Keep watch over the door of my lips, and use my words to draw others closer to Jesus! May You receive all the honor and glory! Amen.

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